HIGHLIGHTS

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Culture Enrichment
RBG Centennial Celebration
Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey

August, 13 2020 will be the 100th anniversary of an historical event which continues to reverberate among the human race today. The Red, Black and Green flag was presented to the world as the flag of all African people on August 13, 1920. It was resolved to be the symbol of African nationhood and the entire African race in declaration 39 of the 1920 Declaration of Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World. It had been 20 years since Will A. Heelan and J. Fred Helf put pen to paper and wrote the song “Every Race Has a Flag But the Coon.” Before then, people of African ancestry saw no use for a flag other than of the country where they lived. The power of a symbol for people of African ancestry has been recognized ever since. More than 90 years ago over 20,000 members of the Universal Negro Improvement Association gathered at Madison Square Garden. They were attending the first month long International Convention of the Universal Negro improvement Association, chaired by Marcus Mosiah Garvey.

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Virtual Journey to Ghana, Africa
Summer 2020

Cultural Enrichment programs are offered throughout the year to highlight contemporary and traditional cultural events which celebrate individual and historical contributions. Programs are designed to increase exposure to culture while increasing consciousness relevant to the significance of culture and tolerance among diverse ethnic groups. They include Celebration of Kwanzaa, Juneteenth, and a series of Black History Month programs and activities.

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Health and Wellness
 

The goal of Health and Wellness Promotion is to produce healthier communities, provide accurate health related information, encourage preventative health screenings, and reduce health disparities. Health and Wellness Promotion programs targets children, youth and adults with an emphasis on the benefits of food produced without the utilization of pesticides, understanding nutritional information on food label, and caloric intake. Programs are designed to promote healthier diet and eating habits, regular exercise and improved physical fitness. The programs include: (1) an 8-week series of one-hour sessions for 6-15 year olds  in our Developing Healthy Youth: Food Champions program, (2) a series of 8 one-hour weekly sessions conducted twice a year for Seniors, (3) an all age, annual “Take Your Loved One for a Checkup” health fair featuring a full range of preventative health screenings and information, and (4) a Health Promotion film series covering a variety of health and nutrition related topics.

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Truth Toward Reconciliation
Historical Preservation

KADAD classes will introduce participants to African dances and rhythms, while demonstrating the complex relationship between drummers and dancers which encourage understanding, respect and enjoyment of African dance, music and culture. Classes will feature a variety of instruction in African music, percussion rhythm training, dance, drama and singing designed for children, youth and adults.

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Collaborations

As a volunteer-driven, community-based organization, all FOROT initiatives, programs, and activities are developed and supported by partnerships, collaborations, and/or cooperative efforts based on the principle of collective work and responsibility. We routinely engage a number of educational, health and human service, cultural arts, community-based and non-profit organizations. Each of these partners serves a predominantly African American constituency including large numbers of low income families. 

 

The Michigan and Greater Detroit Associations of Black Social Workers, the Institute for Population Health, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, Royal Oak Township Recreation Center, Royal Oak Township Library, Pearl-Wright Senior Center, and Grant PTO are among FOROT community partners.

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     Friends of Royal Oak Township, Inc. (FOROT) is a 501c3 community-based, volunteer driven, non-profit organization and not an entity of the municipality of the Charter Township of Royal Oak. 

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