Free Workshop – June 9th

Uncovering and Bridging Differences Across Race & Class in K-12 Ed for Albion, Marshall & Beyond

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)


Meet the author of Those Kids, Our Schools: Race and Reform in an American High School, Shayla R. Griffin, Ph.D. on Saturday, June 9th at the Albion District Library. This free event will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and all are welcome. Dr. Griffin will facilitate a workshop that will allow participants to walk away with a greater context of education across Michigan. She will review the findings of her book, sign copies of her book, and answer questions. There will also be a self-reflection that leads participants to recall their experiences with race and class during their education, and for parents to consider their children’s’ experiences.

Copies are Those Kids, Our Schools are available at the Albion and Marshall District Libraries. Dr. Griffin will also have copies of her book available for purchase.

Questions? Please contact 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.

For more information about the event, Continue reading

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

Brave Spaces and Safe Spaces

The following information was provided by AMRCP Steering Committee member and parent of children in Marshall Public Schools, Keena Williams:

Safe spaces are spaces where we are surrounded by individuals we are comfortable with. They allow us to be our most authentic and vulnerable selves while showing empathy to those around us. Brave spaces ask us to be vulnerable, authentic, and empathetic with individuals we may not know well, or at all. Building on the successes of our children, who have shown tremendous courage and growth, the AMRCP is excited to invite adults in our communities to enter into dialogue with one another and aid one another in the process of our own healing.

Community Cookbook – Collecting Recipes!

We are collecting recipes for a Community Cookbook that will be given out later in the year. The cookbook will be a symbol of our communities coming together, sharing our cultures and family traditions.
Please share your favorite recipe with us at, message our Facebook page at, or give it us in person at one of our events. Please also include the city where you live.