In Celebration of Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

 

Child poverty up 74 percent in Macomb County

A recent report was released shinning light on child poverty in Macomb County with an increase of 74 percent in the past nine years. According to the MISD reports there are more than 1,400 county students that have no home to go to at the end of the school day. With constant improvement still needed Macomb County has made strides with nearly 96 percent of county children having access to health care. Macomb County was also among the best in child abuse prevention categories. To read the full story click here.

 

Macomb County's Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Macomb's diversity and inclusion initiatives was sparked by a comprehensive study titled, "The New Macomb County" prepared in partnership with Macomb Community College, Macomb County and Data Driven Detroit in 2012 that documented our changing demographics and the need to embrace our current and future make up of citizens that make Macomb their home. NewMacombReport2012.pdf

 

Featured Events