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Detroit is Named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2023 Culture of Health Prize Winner

Today the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced that Detroit is one of nine communities chosen to receive the 2023 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The Prize celebrates communities across the country where people and organizations are collaborating to build positive solutions to barriers that have created unequal opportunities for health and well-being.  

Baby Smoove and The Detroit Association of Black Organizations host turkey giveaway for community

Rap artist Baby Smoove and The Detroit Association of Black Organizations (DABO) are partnering to host a turkey giveaway for the community Friday, November 17 at noon. The event will take place at Bridge Center, located at 9928 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48204.

Dr. Cornel West to keynote DABO’s Community Empowerment Speaker Series Wednesday

The Detroit Association of Black Organizations (DABO) is proud to announce that Dr. Cornel West will be the keynote speaker for their Community Empowerment Speaker Series. This event is open to the public, and members of the press are encouraged to attend. Dr. Cornel West is a prominent philosopher, political activist, and social critic known for his incisive commentary on race, culture, and politics. He is one of the leading voices in contemporary American discourse and is widely recognized for his insights into the human condition and the forces that shape our world. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, at 6:00 pm at the Bridge Center located at 9928 Grand River Ave in Detroit, Michigan.

UAW strikers at Ford Michigan Assembly Plant will receive support from prominent leaders Wednesday

A group of influential voices will converge at Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI to show solidarity with the United Auto Workers (UAW) members who are striking. Dr. Cornel West, a distinguished philosopher and political activist, Rev. Horace Sheffield, the CEO of The Detroit Association of Black Organizations, and Mary Sheffield, Council President of the City of Detroit, will join the strikers on Wednesday, September 27th. Dr. Cornel West is a prominent philosopher, political activist, and social critic known for his incisive commentary on race, culture, and politics. He is one of the leading voices in contemporary American discourse and is widely recognized for his insights into the human condition and the forces that shape our world. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, at 6:00 pm at the Bridge Center located at 9928 Grand River Ave in Detroit, Michigan.

Attorney Ben Crump to Keynote in Detroit Wednesday

The Detroit Association of Black Organizations invites members of the press and the public to attend a keynote address on the theme of "No Justice, No Peace" by renowned civil rights attorney Ben Crump. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, at 6:00 pm at the Bridge Center located at 9928 Grand River Ave in Detroit, Michigan.

The Detroit Association of Black Organizations announces plans for its new building, bringing more educational opportunities to Detroiters

The Detroit Association of Black Organizations (DABO) has opened its doors to the Dr. LaVonne M. Sheffield Bridge Center Library. At a press conference Friday, they cut the ribbon to the new building and announced two new partnerships bringing more educational opportunities to Detroiters.

Detroit business leaders to hold press conference to announce new business association

MEDIA ALERT- PRESS CONFERENCE July 29, 2021 Who:                           *Rev. Horace Sheffield, Executive Director, The Detroit Association of Black Organizations *Robert Ayar, Owner, Grand Price Supermarket *Amor Shanee, Owner, Amor Natural Way (About 2 weeks ago her salon was burglarized and vandalized) *Senator Sylvia Santana, State of Michigan Keith Jackson, Owner, Deep Drama Designs *Carl Williams, […]

DABO’s 2021 Drive-In Gala to screen world premiere of “AILEY”

Detroit– The Detroit Association of Black Organizations is sponsoring a Drive-In Gala event to screen the exclusive world premiere of “Ailey.” Alvin Ailey was a critically exclaimed African-American dancer, choreographer, and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York in 1958. Hosted by Tony Award Winner Savion Glover, the evening includes […]

Think Act Know campaign launches to measure herd immunity across Detroit communities

DABO, Quest Diagnostics, Choose Healthy Life, Wayne Health, and WSU join forces to offer free COVID-19 antibody testing DETROIT – The Detroit Association of Black Organizations (DABO) is working with Quest Diagnostics, Choose Healthy Life, Wayne Health and Wayne State University to launch a campaign that not only helps Detroiters get tested for COVID antibodies, […]

DABO to hold press conference to announce new COVID-19 campaign

DETROIT– The Detroit Association of Black Organizations (DABO) has partnered with Quest Diagnostics, Choose Healthy Life, Wayne State University, Wayne Health, and other community supporters to launch a campaign that shows the impact of COVID-19 on the community. Media interested in covering this event must RSVP to teshayla@coates-communications.com or 313-363-6431 by Monday, June 21 at 9am. […]

Metro Detroiters can celebrate now nationally recognized holiday, Juneteenth, at DABO

DETROIT– The Detroit Association of Black Organizations (DABO) honors Juneteenth with a full day celebration. Activities include free food, music, games, children’s activities, live performance, spades tournament, and much more. All activities are free and open to the public as space permits. Media interested in covering this event must RSVP to teshayla@coates-communications.com or 313-363-6431. Who:                          The Detroit […]

Detroit Vaccination Site Gains Attention of Mayor Mike Duggan

Organizations pull together to tackle COVID-19 testing and vaccinations DETROIT – Today Mayor Mike Duggan showed his support for COVID-19 vaccinations in Detroit’s most underserved communities by visiting the Detroit Association of Black Organization’s (DABO) COVID-19 vaccination site at the Sheffield Center. As part of the Choose Healthy Life initiative, DABO has partnered with the […]

Detroit launches first wave of sweeping new action plan to fight COVID-19 in the Black community

Today, at a free COVID-19 testing event hosted by Choose Healthy Life, Rev. Horace Sheffield III and a group of Detroit’s most respected Black clergy leaders began a new wave of COVID-19 testing, education, and prevention efforts that will benefit Detroit’s Black community. The Choose Healthy Life Action Plan will fight the health disparities faced by Black Detroiters with funding and support for services including COVID-19 testing and vaccine education.

DABO partners with Comcast to offer free wi-fi to community

Free wi-fi is here! DABO, in partnership with Comcast, is now operating a wi-fi connected “Lift Zone” to help community members attend virtual classes, work remotely, look for jobs, and build digital skills. With so many schools and workplaces still only operating online due to the pandemic, Internet access is an absolute necessity. But not […]

Martin Luther King III, Sen. Nina Turner, and others to join Detroit Black leaders for voter mobilization panel on the Power of Voting

MEDIA ADVISORY WHAT:  Virtual panel to discuss the importance of voting in the 2020 election and the need for Detroiters to exercise their power at the ballot box. Recently retrieved archival recordings of Rev. Horace Sheffield, Jr. interviewing Black citizens in Selma trying to register to vote in 1965 will be released and the panel will […]

Restore Black Wall Street campaign hosts fundraiser paying tribute to John Lewis

DETROIT — In honor of the legacy of Congressman John Lewis and the 55th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, the Detroit Association of Black Organizations (DABO) is seeking support to offer a virtual screening experience for the film, “John Lewis: Good Trouble.” Funds raised will provide metro Detroiters with a complimentary […]

Free COVID-19 testing available Saturday

WHO: The Detroit Association of Black Organizations Inc. (DABO), Central City Integrated Health (CCIH), Authority Health, Premier Quality Health Center, Helix Diagnostics, and Platform Healthcare Solutions WHAT: Free COVID-19 Testing WHEN: Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Perfecting Church, 7616 E. Nevada, Detroit, MI 48234 DABO, in partnership with CCIH […]

DABO to feed first responders at 2nd precinct

WHO: The Detroit Association of Black Organizations Inc. (DABO), Renaissance Chapter of Links Incorporated, Disability Network CLASS Agency, Neighborhood Service Organization and NAMI Detroit. WHAT: Feeding First Responders WHEN: Friday, May 22nd, 2020 at 12 Noon and 6 p.m. WHERE:  2nd Precinct, Detroit Police Department, 13530 Lesure. DABO is showing its gratitude to first responders […]

Mayor Duggan supports DABO and Community Coalition’s COVID-19 testing efforts

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan highlighted the Detroit Association of Black Organizations’ (DABO) efforts to provide free COVID-19 testing to stymie the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus that has adversely affected Detroiters. Mayor Duggan lauded DABO’s testing efforts at his press briefing on Friday afternoon. “Rev. Sheffield and DABO have started their own testing program […]

DABO expands COVID-19 testing dates and locations

Community organizations rally to provide COVID-19 testing to underserved Detroit neighborhoods The Detroit Association of Black Organizations (DABO) is offering more dates and locations for free testing of COVID-19 in its ongoing battle to thwart the spread of the highly contagious and deadly coronavirus. The free testing effort is part of a community coalition that […]

A new chapter of Families Against Narcotics (FAN) is launched in Detroit

DETROIT— Detroit’s recovery community welcomes FAN as an ally in battling the opioid epidemic and to help with strengthening the network of recovery families within the inner-city. In 2018-19, Detroit lead all Michigan cities in the number of drug-related overdose deaths with 2,500. FAN-Detroit was born out of a collaboration between local faith-based leaders, the […]

Rev. Horace Sheffield Salutes the Historical Selection of Rory Gamble, 1st African American UAW President

 (Detroit, MI) – In the wake of the decision of the UAW International Board to select UAW Vice President to become its new president the Rev. Horace L. Sheffield, III, releases the following statement:“In October 1959, at the UAW Constitutional Convention, held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, my father rose to nominate Willoughby Abner for the Vice Presidency […]

Detroit community leaders and business owners protest Livernois construction project

DETROIT— Thursday at 4 p.m., The Detroit Association of Black Organizations, along with several other organizations, are protesting the devastating financial impact the Livernois construction project is having on businesses in the Avenue Fashion Shopping District. This action is calling on the city of Detroit to provide grant funding to help businesses in the Seven […]

Detroit community leaders and business owners to hold press conference on Livernois construction project

DETROIT— Thursday at 10:00 a.m., The Detroit Association of Black Organizations will hold a press conference to discuss the impact of the Livernois construction project on local businesses and announce next steps. Media interested in covering this event must RSVP to arthurbridgeforthjr@yahoo.com by Thursday at 8 a.m. WHO                           Horace Sheffield, III,CEO,Detroit Association of Black Organizations […]

The Detroit Association of Black Organizations announces grant in response to the opioid crisis

Organizations turn to community to spread the word on opioid abuse and resources Detroit – Today The Detroit Association of Black Organizations (DABO) announced an opioid awareness grant of up to $1,000. The grant is in response to the increase in opioid abuse in Metro Detroit.  “With all the health challenges and disparities that poor […]

The Detroit Association of Black Organizations announces Christmas giveaway for local families

DETROIT– With the help of partner organizations and sponsors, The Detroit Association of Black Organizations will host a Christmas giveaway, Make Christmas Merry, at 10 a.m. on December 24. They are prepared to serve 500 deserving families with free toys, board games, t-shirts and much more. Media interested in covering this event must RSVP to Teshayla@Coates-Communications.com […]

Sheffield Center to celebrate 25th anniversary with free community concert

Community gathers to pay tribute to the late activist Horace L. Sheffield, Jr. Detroit – In 1993 the Horace L. Sheffield, Jr. Center was donated by Comerica to the Detroit Association of Black Organizations. July 1 marked the official 25th anniversary. In celebration of the Sheffield Center’s 25th birthday, DABO will host a free community […]

Project Rainbow announces suicide forum featuring award winning actress June 9

DABO’s Project Rainbow, DPSCD’s Faith Based Council, and Actress Erika Alexander to Educate Community on Suicide Prevention Detroit – Project Rainbow, an initiative of The Detroit Association of Black Organizations (DABO), announced today the celebrity keynote speaker for the Stop Suicide forum, an event to raise suicide awareness. DABO and the Detroit Public Schools Community […]

The Detroit Association of Black Organizations and actress collaborate to reduce the suicide rate among Detroit youth

DABO Hosts Suicide Prevention Event Ft. Actress Erika Alexander Detroit – The Detroit Association of Black Organizations’ Project Rainbow hosted a suicide prevention event on Friday, March 24 at Noble Elementary-Middle School. Award winning actress, Erika Alexander, best known for her role as Max on “Living Single” and Detective Latoya in the new movie “Get […]