Community Outreach

Senior Listening & Living

Educational Arts Society  is making a positive impact on Detroit and surrounding communities that motivate, inspire and improve the lives of children and seniors.  Involvement includes volunteering for school activities that connect youth with career opportunities and life direction and reaching out to the increasing number of seniors in nursing homes or senior community-style living.

Saxophonist Duane Parham visits and plays for senior citizen homes and is over-whelmed and humbled by their deep appreciation.  The connection enlarges his desire to give of himself and reveals their joy in knowing that “the world has not forgotten” them.  He interviewed an 89-year-old woman who told him of the many contributions she had made during her years in the theater and let him know that seniors can still make needed contributions even though they have given up being part of the daily workforce.  She remarked, “People think we are washed up”

On March 27, 2015, Parham and Dr. Mamie Smith were part of Career Day at Marcus Garvey Academy in Detroit.  Smith visited four classes of 6th, 7th and 8th Graders MARCUSGARVEY_053_EDITand shared many life experiences as a teacher, musician, author and talk show host.  She even performed “mock interviews” with visiting authors Julia Tolliver and Anita Gibbs.  It was encouraging to see how many of the young men and women were already on their way to becoming poets and authors.  Duane Parham blew his horn as young aspiring musicians “banged on drums” to accompany him.  Throughout the day, several classes were able to hear him in concert at one of the gymnasiums in the school. Click on each picture to enlarge it.

Marcus Garvey Academy, under the leadership of Principal James Hearn and support staff, is a school that exhibits academic achievement, self-esteem and respect for others.  One has only to walk through the lined hallways displaying shiny floors, pictures revealing pride,  self-identification, knowledge and artistic skill, to know that he is in a “high-performing, learning environment.  If a visitor “lost his way” in the winding halls, young guides were on hand to point the way!

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Marcus Garvey Academy hosts annual “Career Day” with nearly 60 professionals including Detroit Police Chief James Craig and a broadcast of Live in the D

Marcus Garvey Academy hosted its annual “Career Day” on Friday, March 27. The annual Career Day is designed to expose students to a variety of careers led by top professionals in their fields. This event also allows students to gain first-hand knowledge into the many opportunities available.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig attended the event representing the Detroit Police and Fire Departments, and students had the opportunity to explore a helicopter and fire truck on site. Guests were also greeted with live entertainment by Saxophonist Duane Parham and there was a live broadcast from WDIV Reporter Brandon Roux for a Live in the D segment in Garvey’s library!

Additionally, nearly 60 professionals, ranging from doctors to entrepreneurs, visited Garvey for the annual Career Day event.

View the pictures emailed to Duane Parham of the Career Day @ MARCUS GARVEY ACADEMY B by the school representative.  CLICK on each picture to enlarge it.




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