2016

Fallen Angels Night-Church of the Messiah, Detroit
Fallen Angels Night 2016, a night to remember the innocent victims who have lost their lives to gun violence began with a walk where participants carried our victim signs. Each person received an angel with a victim's name inscribed on it. A bell was run as each participant came forward and read the name written on the angel. Congressman John Conyers, Jr., the keynote speaker, spoke about gun violence - both the current status and his continued effort to stop it.

October 24, 2016
Recognition of Pastor Barry Randolph, Church of the Messiah
RMQP recognized the great contributions of Pastor Barry Randolph - to his congregation, his community, his ability to bring community partners together and in his effort to stop gun violence. And, a very special thanks for his support of the RMQP. RMQP presented Pastor Barry with a framed photo of four of the Remember Me Quilts as they were being displayed on the church altar and a framed copy of the RMQP's poem, "I am a Person."

October 24, 2016
Amnesty International Midwest Conference - Dearborn, MI
Amnesty International rolled out a new initiative to prevent gun violence. They will provide the leadership, the data collection, the research needed and then address the epidemic of gun violence. This is a game changer! It was such an honor for the RMQP to take part in the roll out of their new initiative. Sandy North, Executive Director of RMQP was part of a panel discussion. Our quilts were on the stage and on display in the exhibit area.

October 6, 2016
14th Annual MI Student Political Issues Convention - Henry Ford College
Critical issues facing our country, including gun violence were discussed during a day of presentations and workshops for 600-700 students from 10 colleges in Michigan as well as community leaders and politicians. The group then caucused to determine the political agenda of college students in Michigan. At the close of the conference, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell discussed the responsibilities of these students and the role they will play in the future of the United States. This was the second year the RMQP participated in this event.


October 6, 2016
Presentation to MI Senators Morris Hood III and Jim Anarich
Delores Stinson, mother of Christopher Stinson, Susan McCabe and Sandy North took the RMQP to Lansing. They presented to MI Senators Morris Hood III, District 3 - Detroit/Dearborn and Senator Jim Ananich, Districts 27 - City of Flint. Three of our quilts displayed the innocent victims from the Detroit Metropolitan Area and the 4th quilt displayed innocent victims from the city of Flint.

September 22, 2016
Open Arms Victims' Memorial Balloon Release
The Grosse Point War Memorial on Lake St. Clair provided a beautiful location for families to remember the loved ones they had lost. Each of the families released balloons that came together as they ascended. We also released a balloon for each of our quilts. The innocent victims were not forgotten; they were remembered with love.

September 8, 2016
Presentation to Congressman John Conyers, Sr.
It was an honor to share the RMQP with Congressman John Conyers, Sr. He is the first African-American to be the Dean, the most senior member of Congress. He has spent his entire life in service to our country, fighting for equality and preventing gun violence. We so appreciate the support.

July 25, 2016
Silence the Violence
This was the third year the Remember Me Quilt Project participated in the Silence the Violence Parade, which is sponsored by Church of the Messiah. It was the largest participation to date - over 500 people walked. Our quilts were on the church alter and our photo signs lined each pew - so participants and victims shared the congregation space.

June 25, 2016
National Gun Violence Awareness Day
This event was sponsored by Moms Demand Action and hosted by Church of Messiah. Participants walked to the church, carrying RMQP photo signs. Speakers addressed the group with The Remember Me Quilts as a backdrop on the altar and photo signs of innocent victims "seated" in the congregation along with those who participated in the walk.

June 2, 2016
Unity in the Community Walk
This community walk was sponsored by Mothers Demanding Justice and Remember in Prayer. It culminated in a gathering at a photo wall of innocent victims of gun violence. The RMQP signs were carried during the walk and community members spoke out against gun violence at the wall. The most impactful moments came when the participants approached and touched the wall of photos.

May 14, 2016
Holy Week White Breakfast-First United Methodist Church of Dearborn (FUMCD)
The White Breakfast is part of Lent and is sponsored by United Methodist Women. It is attended mostly by Methodist women but is open to other denominations. Music was performed by the Ambassadors. The mission projects they support, including the Remember Me Quilt Project, were featured. The outstanding speaker was Rev. Faith Fowler, Pastor, Cass Community United Methodist Church-Midtown, Detroit. She has dedicated her life to the homeless people in the Cass area.

March 19, 2016
All Lives Matter
All Lives Matter, hosted at New Salem Baptist Church was the creation of two MLK High School Students who are also members of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. A panel comprised of a representative from Mayor Duggan's Office, the interim President of DFT, a Commander from the Detroit Police Department and a representative of the Detroit City Council addressed the group individually and answered questions. RMQP displayed the quilts and provided an overview of the project.

March 18, 2016
UAW/WCCC International Women's Day Celebration
Women Creating Caring Communities was attended by more than 500 people. This is our third year to exhibit at this empowering event that recognizes the contributions of women. Cathy Estrada, UAW Vice President was the keynote speaker and Grace Lee Boggs was remembered in a memorial tribute. There were two outstanding panels of women representing various organizations that addressed environmental racism, the state of our schools and offered strategies and solutions.

March 5, 2016
African American History Month-Detroit Unity Temple's Quilt Show
Each year, during African American History Month, The Great Lakes African American Quilting Network (GLAAQN) sponsors an African American Quilt show. This year, the event was hosted by the Detroit Unity Temple. Many beautiful quilts were displayed along with two presentations - Underground Railroad Quilts and the Remember Me Quilts--yet another testament to the important role of quilts in preserving history.

February 14, 2016

Martin Luther King Day Celebration
Each year, MLK High School is transformed into an historic site depicting important events and experiences of African Americans. Students portray historic individuals and highlight the treatment and conditions of Black Americans. This year, the program centered around slave ships to slavery to Dr. King. Guests and students toured the school and the event ended with a neighborhood parade. Once again, our quilts were on display and this year. Senator Gary Peters stopped by and we had the opportunity to discuss the project with him.

January 18, 2016
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