Making A Difference: Highlighting Local Nonprofit Executive Directors As Part Of Black History Month

Feb 27, 2019

Credit United Way of Washtenaw County

As Black History Month comes to a close, 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry spoke to two Washtenaw County nonprofit executive directors honored for their contributions to making a difference in the local community.

Transitioning from We The People Growers Association to "We The People Opportunity Center," founder Melvin Parson and Marquan Jackson from Eastern Michigan's University Family Empowerment Program were highlighted by the United Way of Washtenaw County as part of Black History Month.  Jackson says, "We can't right what has happened but can right what can happen and be mindful and inclusive in our conversations." Adding "being comfortable talking about race" will help in making a difference in race relations moving forward.

Marquan Jackson (left) and Melvin Parson (right) at the WEMU Studio.
Credit Lisa Barry

Parson said he's worked hard at having a "seat at the table" as he expands his community efforts in agriculture and hopes to bring as many people as he can to the table with him.  Parson is working to match a $50,000 grant from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor to continue his community efforts.  You can contribute to the cause through his website.

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