Celebrating African American History

Join us for another special event! Brought to you by Soulivity Magazine and Beyond Words Publishing.

For the next twelve months, we bring you our “TRUTH and POWER Series” of events, where we discuss important issues impacting our society, and bring forward potential solutions to make global impact for our communities.

In February, as we celebrate Black History Month, we are discussing the facts and history of African-Americans (post-slavery) and its effects on current conditions within this community of color and the American society more broadly.

Meet Our Amazing Panelists!


Rochelle Riley ended a 20-year career as a nationally syndicated, award-winning Detroit columnist in 2019 to become the City of Detroit’s Director of Arts and Culture. In that role, she guides the city’s investment in the arts and creates opportunities for transformative artistic expression and support. Her most recent project was the nation’s first city-wide memorial to victims of Covid-19: 15 funeral processions that circled the city’s Belle Isle past 907 photo billboards of victims. But Rochelle also remains a writer.

Her latest book “That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed the World,” hits bookstores on Feb. 2, 2021. The author, essayist and arts advocate still hosts conversations around the country (or did before COVID) with her current book “The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery,” hosting conversations about the burden America still bears by refusing to deal with the aftermath of American enslavement. She was just appointed to co-chair Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Black Leadership Advisory Council.


The Reverend Kevin Kitrell Ross is a south side Chicago native who now serves as the Senior Minister of Unity of Sacramento, the first Unity church in the State of California. He is regarded as a respected interfaith social justice leader, committed to building bridges of understanding and cooperation across race, culture, class and religious lines.

Whether in his role leading one of our nation’s most diverse and integrated congregations, conducting diversity and implicit bias experiential trainings for faith, and governmental organizations, or being an outspoken activist for healing the crisis between law enforcement and communities of color, Rev. Ross is dedicated to strengthening communities through dialogue, direct encounter, and education.


Sasha-Gaye Angus is the President & CEO MANNA, Inc., serving low and moderate-income families, assisting them to fulfill the dream of homeownership in Washington, DC.

Since 1982, MANNA created and preserved nearly 1,200 units of affordable housing for low and moderate-income DC residents and homeowners have accrued over $160 million in equity. They financial literacy and homeowner training program has been replicated more than 200 times across the nation.


Jamon Jordan is an educator, writer & historian. Also known as Baba Jamon, he has been a teacher of African & African American history for 20 years and a researcher of Black history for decades.

He has given over 100 tours and presentations for Detroit Public Schools, Walled Lake Public Schools, and numerous charter schools, as well as university class groups from Wayne State University, Michigan State University, Georgetown University, New York University & the University of Michigan.

His lectures on Detroit’s African American history has been featured in the Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, CBS Radio, Deadline Detroit, NPR, C-SPAN, CNN, the History Channel, Detroit Public TV, WDET, Michigan Radio, 1200 WCHB, 910 AM, and WHPR.

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