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PRLog -- Accomplished author and CEO of Beautiful Works Publishing, Daralynn Walker, is making a big splash in literary circles with her eye-opening penning of "Super Cities, Detroit!" Walker is a well-known face in The D as a featured guest in the Michigan Chronicle, Fox 2 Detroit, and WDIV (NBC) news.
  As a native Detroiter and champion for the underserved, Daralynn is service minded as she carves inroads for the less fortunate. She is proud of her accomplishments, which span over 15 years.
  The much-anticipated launching of her new book, "Super Cities, Detroit!" will be released on February 6, 2023 and coincides with Black History Month. Each page is an enlightenment of the hidden treasures that are so often overlooked in this busy Midwestern gem.
  Ms. Walker shines a positive light on the Motor City and its historical value. She explores Detroit's unique culture, uncovering landmarks along the way. Her talented work engages the reader to look at Detroit with fresh eyes and dispels negative connotations.
  Although the auto industry had a significant role in the city's early development, Detroit has a rich history beyond the production of vehicles. Detroit was an essential stop on the Underground Railroad, which helped enslaved people escape to freedom. Also in June 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took part in the "Walk to Freedom." A crowd of 125,000 people joined forces and marched down Woodward Avenue to support Civil Rights. This was the largest Civil Rights march in the history of the United States at that time.
  There are many other interesting nuggets that are brought to the forefront in "Super Cities, Detroit!" According to accomplished author, Daralynn, "I'd like for kids and their parents to learn about all the great things Detroit has done and how it's continuing to grow and change now. Despite the city's troubled history, modern-day Detroit has forged a vibrant, diverse community of artists, creatives, and leaders who are rebuilding and redefining the city while paying homage to its rich history. Detroit is improving and gradually redesigning itself to become what it needs to be for its people."
  Daralynn Walker holds a bachelor's degree in Communication and Theatre Arts with a minor in Marketing from Eastern Michigan University and furthered her education to receive an MBA in Strategic Management. She is also the author of the series, "Madison Miles and Friends." These compelling renderings tell the story of four girls with a love of science, technology, engineering, and math. It is a children's book series that reaches to a deeper level while focusing on personal character, self-confidence, self-identity, education, and faith.
  As the daughter of a librarian, Daralynn understands the importance of writing books that speak to our past as well as books that reflect our identities and originality. 
  "It is crucial for people to see themselves in the books that they read, whether it be their hometown portrayed in a novel or a character with the same characteristics as they have," she said.

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PRNewswire/ -- Rainbow PUSH Coalition founder and civil rights leader, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., will host the "Let Freedom Ring," a free public event, on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday on Monday, January 16, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. at the historic Fox Theatre. Six individuals whose work have shined the light on humanity and expound the life of Dr. King will be honored.
  The recipients include Rabbi Daniel Syme, emeritus leader of Temple Beth El and Bishop Charles Ellis, III, senior pastor of Greater Grace Temple, with both receiving the Theological Leadership Award for their spiritual guidance and love of humanity; Rev. JoAnn Watson, associate pastor of West Side Unity Church and former executive director of Detroit Branch NAACP will receive the Social Justice Award for her long-time activism; and Shamayim "Mama Shu " Harris, a Highland Park advocate for the forgotten, will receive the Humanitarian Award for her community compassion through numerous social programs. 
  Blake Corum, the phenomenal running back of the University of Michigan will receive with the inaugural Collegiate Social Service Award for his contributions off the gridiron through the Giving Back 2 Give Thanks program in underserved communities. Corum used personal NIL funds to purchase turkeys in Ypsilanti. 
  Kem, Detroit's iconic vocalist will be lauded for his commitment in bringing awareness to homelessness. "As an unlikely member of this fraught community, he penned "It's a Matter of Time," and juxtaposed the homeless mission on Mack and Third to front street. He fed the homeless and raised funds for that community," said Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr, founder and president of Rainbow Push Coalition. " We felt that it was a matter of time that we honor him. We are so glad that Kem found his way home. He has touched so many and we love him dearly."
  Chairman John Graves summarized Kem's life through the artistic prism of Richard Ellison's novel, Invisible Man who wrote, "I am invisible understand simply because people refuse to see me." Through Kem's music, he persuaded society to look at homelessness through an impartial lens, and we are better because of it."
  Previous Let Freedom Ring Award recipients have included Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Wayne County Community College District Chancellor Dr. Curtis L. Ivery, "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin, Congressman John Conyers, Detroit News Publisher Jonathan Wolman and others.
  Grammy-award winning artist Howard Hewett will headline this year's entertainment, with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensembles and the Dr. Martin Luther King High School Dance Workshop providing artistic gifts of music and dance. Several elected officials will share remarks on this solemn, yet celebratory day, including Mayor Mike Duggan, Senator Gary Peters, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Congresswoman Rashida Talib, Congressman Shri Thanedar and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist, II.
  In the spirit of Dr. King, Pastor Solomon Kinloch of Triumph Church will deliver an opening message at this year's celebration. Through his spiritually- based ministry, he pastors the fastest growing church in Michigan. 
  "Detroit has always had a special place in our collective long walk to equity and justice," added Jackson, "in spite of Dr. King's death, his truths are still marching on." 
  The event is free to the public, and tickets will go on sale on Thursday, January 5 at 10 a.m. at and

Blake Corum, Rabbi Syme, Bishop Charles Ellis, Rev. Watson and Mama Shu Harris 
on MLK Day

Author shines new light on hidden historical gems in the Motor City