Looking for something to do this weekend? Look no further than OneMacomb’s first-ever Celebration of Black Excellence, presented by Consumers Energy! This daylong event will honor the long history and contributions of Macomb County’s black community and it all goes down tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 23.
To kick-off the celebration, 35 vendors and resource providers will gather at the Mount Clemens Family Resource Center (196 North Rose Street, Mount Clemens) for a free community expo. All are welcome to attend the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features the following businesses and organizations:
- Anton Art Center
- Beaumont Health
- Black and GOALD LLC
- Bougie Salon
- Cakes by Keda
- Colorectal Awareness Network
- Darian Belcher
- Dina’s Bling Boutique – Paparazzi
- DTE Home Energy Consultation Program
- First Independence Bank
- FirstPlan Health Services
- Gifts to Go
- Hair by Jayla
- Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals
- J’Bella’s Nail Spa
- K Le’Chan Luxury Consignment
- Lakeshore Legal Aid
- Life is Sweet
- Macomb County Health Dept – Family Planning and STI
- Macomb County Health Dept – General Info and EH
- Macomb County Health Dept – Move More Macomb
- Macomb County Health Dept – Nurse Family Partnership
- Macomb County Health Dept – Oral Health Coalition
- Macomb County Health Dept – WIC and Breastfeeding
- Macomb County Mental Health
- Macomb County Veterans Services
- McLaren Dieticians
- Meridian Health Plan
- Methodist Children’s Home Society
- Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP)
- My Care Health Center
- National Kidney Foundation
- Operation Rx
- Peaceful Pieces
- Play-Place Autism and Special Needs Center
- Quicken Loans
- Real Living Kee Realty
- Relaxing Essentials by Z
- Skin and More (Estheticians and Skin Care Therapists)
- Sterling Heights Ethnic Community Committee
- The Arc of Macomb County
- TL3 Events and Printing LLC
- Vsteam and Me
- Wrist Game Proper and Luxe Crème Collection
- Yell Sweets
Vendors will be selling wares (including food), providing services and offering information and materials. Make sure to stop by and check it all out!
While you’re visiting, you won’t want to miss the afternoon panel discussion led by Rhonda Powell, director of Macomb County Health and Human Services and OneMacomb co-chair. Starting at 12:30 p.m., Rhonda will be joined by several local experts who will discuss issues pertaining to health care, religion and education.
Concluding the daylong celebration is the awards gala, which is now sold out. During this evening event, five individuals will be recognized for their excellence in community involvement, athletics, business, education and the arts. They include:
- Loretta Brownlee, recipient of the Community Advocate Award: Loretta is a longtime resident of Mount Clemens and the director of Citizens of Macomb Behind All Teens, a non-profit that provides free education and recreation for youth and families. Outside of her advocacy work, Loretta is a board member of My Care Health Center and is well-known for her commitment to the annual production of the Mount Clemens High School Talent and Fashion Show.
- Roger H. Bunton, recipient of the Educational Impact Award: Roger was a longtime teacher within the L’Anse Creuse school district. He was also the district’s first black coach and likely the first black high school coach in the county. He now serves as the Mount Clemens city commissioner and mayor pro tempore, is the inaugural chairperson of the Mount Clemens Community Coalition for Youth and Families and is an active member of the North Broadway Church of Christ.
- Dakei Harvey, recipient of the Artistic Impact Award: Dakei is a gifted song-writer, a published author and a director and producer for television. In addition to pursuing these artistic ventures, he also works hard for his community by volunteering at shelters, performing for the elderly and advocating for the causes he believes in.
- Derrick Herring, recipient of the Business Impact Award: Derrick is well-known in the community for his successful business ventures, including his City Cuts barbershop, a construction and landscaping operation and Buck’s Cleaning Services.
- Bonner C. Upshaw III, recipient of the Athletic Leadership Award: Bonner C. Upshaw III is co-founder and CEO of Troy-based Trion Solutions, Inc., which is among the largest Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) and is the largest minority-owned PEO in the United States. Before he started his business career, Bonner was a professional basketball player in Europe. He played for 10 years on teams in France, Portugal, Macedonia and Switzerland.
We’d love to see your pictures if you attend any of the aforementioned events – so upload any and all to Facebook and make sure to tag OneMacomb! Have a great time!
Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.