Black History Spotlight: Buffalo Soldiers

Buffalo Soldiers originally were members of the 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, formed on September 21, 1866, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. This nickname was given to the Black Cavalry by Native American tribes who fought in the Indian Wars. The term eventually became synonymous with all of the African American regiments formed in 1866:

9th Cavalry Regiment
10th Cavalry Regiment
24th Infantry Regiment
25th Infantry Regiment

Although several African American regiments were raised during the Civil War as part of the Union Army(including the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and the many United States Colored Troops Regiments), the “Buffalo Soldiers” were established by Congress as the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army. On September 6, 2005, Mark Matthews, the oldest surviving Buffalo Soldier, died at the age of 111. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Reminder: Black History Celebration

Detroit Impact’s Saturday Kid’s Club welcomes you to its
February Black History Presentation on February 23rd.

If you act, sing, dance, write, draw, rap, or play an instrument, and are between 6 & 12 years old, come out and join us!!!
Rehearsal for the celebration is Saturday (February 9th) from 10AM until 12PM.

All are welcome to be apart of our celebration.

Parent/Staff Bake sale is also this Saturday, February 9th, starting at 11AM and ends at 12:30PM!

Come out and support buy a cupcake, pie, cookies or brownie!!!

(All funds going toward Kids’ Club activities)

Black History Spotlight: Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks (born Loretta Pleasant; August 1, 1920 – October 4, 1951) was an African-American woman whose cancer cells are the source of the HeLa cell line, the first immortalized cell line and one of the most important cell lines in medical research. An immortalized cell line reproduces indefinitely under specific conditions, and the HeLa cell line continues to be a source of invaluable medical data to the present day.

Lacks was the unwitting source of these cells from a tumor biopsied during treatment for cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., in 1951. These cells were then cultured by George Otto Gey who created the cell line known as HeLa, which is still used for medical research. As was then the practice, no consent was obtained to culture her cells, nor were she or her family compensated for their extraction or use.

Lacks grew up in rural Virginia. After giving birth to two of their children, she married her cousin David “Day” Lacks. In 1941 the young family moved to Turner Station, near Dundalk, Maryland, in Baltimore County, so Day could work in Bethlehem Steel at Sparrows Point. After Lacks had given birth to their fifth child, she was diagnosed with cancer.[6] Tissue samples from her tumors were taken without consent during treatment and these samples were then subsequently cultured into the HeLa cell line.

Even though some information about the origins of HeLa’s immortalized cell lines was known to researchers after 1970, the Lacks family was not made aware of the line’s existence until 1975. With knowledge of the cell line’s genetic provenance becoming public, its use for medical research and for commercial purposes continues to raise concerns about privacy and patients’ rights.

Upcoming Events : February

Hello Detroit!

We are pleased to annnounce these upcoming Events for the month of February:

Rehearsal for the “Kids’ Club Black History Presentation” will be held February 9th, from 10am – 12pm.
A presentation by the DI Kids’ Club honoring our Black History on  Feb 23rd from 10am – 12pm @ Detroit Impact Center
Bring out your youth ages 6-12, and join us for this great celebration of Black History!!!

2019 Refresh

Detroit Impact’s Kids’ Club is back starting this Saturday, January 12!

Come join us from 10am-12pm, every 2nd Saturday of the month.

This week, the youth will be creating scarves to be donated through another non-profit organization to those in need. We’d love for you to join us! The more the merrier!

(Kids’ Club happens on-site at Detroit Impact Center)

Bring your youth ages 6-12 for an innovative and creative learning environment of fun. Join the Detroit Impact Kids’ Club today!!!

For more info, call 313-272-0004