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Congratulations to American Black Journal for 50 years of Community Service
American Black Journal (ABJ) first went on the air in October, 1968, following the Detroit uprising, with the specific charge of investigating the relevant issues of the day through a racial lens and context. Today, 50 years later, ABJ stands as the longest running public affairs program dedicated to the African-American experience on any public broadcasting station and the longest running public affairs show on any local television station.

I appreciate so much what this show represents for Wayne County and the region in terms of its integrity and cultural relevance as well as its longstanding and unwavering commitment to our community. This is why I was pleased today to present this $5,000 donation to Detroit Public Television (DPTV) President Rich Homberg in support of the American Black Journal's 50th Anniversary Celebration which is being honored throughout the year.

All funds were contributed by five local donors who believe as much as I do in the mission of this very special program. No taxpayer funds were used for this donation.

Thank you to Rich Homberg, DPTV Vice President of Content Ed Moore, and Marty Fischhoff, Director of Communications and Community Engagement, for spending time with me today. I also want to recognize ABJ's current host Stephen Henderson who was unable to join us today but does a great job hosting the show.

Keep up the good work.