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Detroit public schools alumni celebrate across the city this weekend

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Vaughn Arrington, left, dances with DJ Outcold on Livernois Avenue during the Taste of Livernois as a part of Detroit Public Schools Community District's Alumni Weekend in Detroit on Saturday, May 21, 2022.

Raging morning thunderstorms didn’t stop revelers from enjoying an all-day festival along the Livernois Avenue of Fashion on Saturday.

Part of Detroit Public Schools Community District’s “Come Home” alumni weekend, the afternoon found hundreds joyfully gathered under glowing sunshine and blue skies. All along the street, bumper-to-bumper traffic delivered visitors who brandished shopping bags and packed into restaurants.

“I walked all the way down this strip,” said Barbara Littles, a 1973 graduate of Northwestern. “I shopped, I heard music. It’s so nice to see all these people. This is the way Livernois should look every day.”

Come Home, the four-day alumni weekend event, began on Thursday. In partnership with the city of Detroit, the Detroit Public Schools Community District and the Detroit Public Schools Foundation a night of the fine arts at Detroit’s Fox Theatre kicked off the weekend.

Marvin Beatty, center, talks to Tyrone Winfrey, Executive Director of the Detroit Public Schools Community District  Government and Community Affairs office, during the Taste of Livernois as a part of Detroit Public Schools Community District's Alumni Weekend in Detroit on Saturday, May 21, 2022.

The production included choir and orchestra performances with current DPSCD students, according to Tyrone Winfrey, executive director for community affairs for the district. Rochelle Riley, director of Arts and Culture for the city,  said the future was on stage Thursday evening, and they were shining bright. 

“The Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship was so proud to partner on this,” said the former Free Press columnist. “It literally makes very clear how much talent we have, not just with our professionals who make up one of the greatest creative workforces in the country, but the young people who are getting ready to come in and fill those shoes.

“We saw the future of excellence on that stage and our best and brightest deserve to be on the best and brightest stage.”

From left, Mumford High School's counselor N’Shan Robinson, principal Damon Pitt and math teacher Netyla Jones greet people at the Mumford tent on Livernois Avenue, during the Taste of Livernois as a part of Detroit Public Schools' Alumni Weekend in Detroit on Saturday, May 21, 2022.

The alumni events continued on Friday with alumni going to visit their former schools. Mumford High held a special ceremony to honor three of the city’s pastors for their dedication to the students’ success at their alma mater: Bishop Edgar Vann of Second Ebenezer Church, Pastor Marvin Winans of Perfecting Church and Bishop Charles Ellis of Greater Grace Temple.

A meet and greet at the Detroit Athletic Club for some of the alumni happened on Friday evening. 

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