Upcoming Events

*Community Cookout #2 – Saturday, August 18, 12 – 2PM*

Location: Victory Park – in Front of the Bandshell, Albion, MI, 49224

This free event will have lunch, activities for children, and live performances from the students of Albion’s own 4-H Creative and Expressive Arts Program. Meet us in the front of the Victory Park bandshell between 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. to learn more about how you can be a part of The Common Thread that unites us all. Also, please feel free to bring a dish to pass and share your favorite recipe for a community cookbook to collect the best dishes from the two cities.

The Common Thread is exited to partner with Albion’s 4-H program, which began over 20 years ago to provide character building activities for youth in grades 6th through 12th centering around the performing arts. Since their founding, the unique initiative led by Sherry Grice and later assisted by Marquetta Frost, has positively impacted hundreds of young Albionites, many of whom attribute their involvement in the program to their success as adults.

To support this great program, The Common Thread asks you to consider giving a suggested donation of $5 – $10. Each dollar raised will go to cover the costs for transportation, snacks, water, and to ensuring the next generation of youth is able to continue the great tradition of creative expression and personal discovery.

This free event is all about having some fun as one greater community, and creating another great opportunity to find new connections within and between our communities!

While the food line-up and activities are yet to be announced, please know that we welcome additional dishes to pass – so if you feel like showing off a famous family recipe, please do! We’d love to have a rich variety of food for everyone to enjoy.

Please mark your calendars, invite your neighbors, the person standing next to you pumping gas, etc. to attend, and keep creating new ways to get to know your community at large!


Workshop Series:

Cultivating Oral Histories to Uncover New Meaning in Our Stories

Monday, September 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and

Tuesday, September 25, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

  • Facilitated by Judy Tate, author of Days Of Our Lives and founder of the American Slavery Project
  • Location: Starr Commonwealth’s Mawby Center


Saturday, September 29, 7 p.m. “Uncovering Our Stories”

  • Local actors and actresses will showcase the oral histories of our region in a performance orchestrated by Judy Tate.

Early November, 2018

  • Debut screening of ‘A Common Thread,’ a documentary that humanizes our neighbors at a time of extreme divisiveness. Also, enjoy entertainment from local musicians and storytellers.

Stay Connected!

For more information and the latest updates, please visit amrcp.org, facebook.com/amrcp, or connect with Linda, Project Coordinator at linda@amrcp.org or 517-960-2029.

Year Two – A Common Thread that Connects Us All

What is the Common Thread?

Between Albion and Marshall, there is a Common Thread that connects us.

With this Common Thread in hand, the AMRCP will weave together opportunities for the residents of both towns to come to together – to engage, grow, learn, and heal from witnessing each other’s experiences.

Today, tomorrow, and the next, we recognize:

  1. Stones once used to build the walls that divide us can be repurposed to sustain bridges that strengthen our understanding of each other and our communities.
  2. Differences in color and income, hometown and religion, past actions and beliefs do not end conversations, but begin them.
  3. There is a seat at the table for everyone.

There is a Common Thread that connects us all.

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Previous Events

Workshop – Bridging Differences in K-12 Education: Creating New, Meaningful Connections

Saturday, June 9, 2018, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Workshop Location: Naomi Lane Room at the Albion District Library (501 S. Superior St, Albion, MI 49224)


You are invited to gather with friends and neighbors across our two communities to learn about bridging the divides that affect our youth and their K-12 education. Facilitated by social justice educator and author, Dr. Shayla Reese Griffin, the workshop will guide participants through a self-reflection process that will examine one’s personal experiences with their K-12 education. She will also share proven methods for building connections across the differences of race and class in education, helping each participant strengthen the bonds that build a strong community and region for all to flourish.

Dr. Griffin will have copies of her book available for purchase at the workshop, and as an added bonus Teaching Tolerance will also be providing 50 free copies of Speak Up! Copies of Those Kids, Our Schools are also available at the Albion and Marshall District Libraries.

The workshop is free and open to all ages. Check out the Albion French Market or the Marshall Farmers Market, then come join us for a rich and rewarding discussion. Afterward, you could head across the street to the Albion Malleable Brewing Company or another downtown Albion establishment for a beverage and a snack to round out your afternoon.

Questions? Please contact Linda@amrcp.org or call 517-960-2029.

Shayla R. Griffin, received her Ph.D. and M.S.W. from the joint program in Social Work and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor and her B.A. from Spelman College—Atlanta, GA. Shayla’s work focuses on equity, inclusion, and social justice in K-12 schools.

Shayla has extensive experience in dialogue facilitation, diversity training, and social justice education. She has worked with high school students, college students, and hundreds of K-12 teachers around issues of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation in more than 15 school districts.

Shayla has taught courses on race, social justice, and diversity at the University of Michigan for the Program on Intergroup Relations, the School of Social Work, and the Department of Anthropology. She has been the recipient of a number of research grants including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Andrew W. Woodrow Mellon Graduate Fellowship in Humanities.

From 2012-2014 Shayla was a post-doctoral fellow with the University of Michigan’s Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context. Currently she is the Equity, Diversity, and School Culture Consultant for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District where she is tasked with providing professional development to educators across the county in order to help them improve their practice in the areas of teaching and learning, relationships and climate, images and celebrations, behavior and discipline, and policies and Procedures.

Shayla is the author of Those Kids, Our Schools: Race and Reform in an American High School (Harvard Education Press, 2015) and co-author of the forthcoming book Race Dialogues: Everything You Need to Know to Tackle the Elephant in the Classroom (Teachers College Press). Shayla resides in Detroit, MI with her spouse and two children.


Financial Empowerment Fair


Thank you to over 100 participants of the Own It – Albion – Financial Empowerment Fair! We appreciate the support of the community in promoting and attending the event – we could not have done it without you.

Special thanks to the following sponsors: Homestead Savings Bank of Albion, Starr Commonwealth, Albion Branch NAACP, Build Albion AmeriCorps VISTA Initiative, and Albion College. Your generosity made a difference in the Albion community.

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Year One – 2017

Check out our Events Page to see the past year’s events and accomplishments!

We extend great appreciation to the following partners for helping make the activities of 2017 possible:

Albion College
Albion Community Foundation
Albion District Library
Battle Creek Community Foundation
Bogar Theatre
Bohm Theatre
Cronin Foundation
Graphics 3, Inc.
Loraine & Melinese Reuter Foundation
Marshall Community Foundation
Marshall District Library
Marshall Middle School
Starr Commonwealth
Team 1 Plastics
Zanetti Foundation

Featured below is a photo captured during one of two field trips taken last year.

AMRCP at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit Taken Saturday, May 13, 2017