Gregory J. Reed, attorney & legacy curator leads a life with passion and purpose

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Hello Everyone:
Gregory J. Reed accomplishments are prolific and garners a variety of titles.  In May 2013; I sent out a press re-release from Amber Books,  the publisher of Mr. Reed’s latest book which won the coveted and prestigious 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work February 2013.
For the New Year an exhibit “Dear Mr. Mandela….Dear Mrs. Parks:  Children’s Letters, Global Lessons” will open on January 17, 2014 at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY.
Since then I’ve read Gregory’s extensive biography and two titles captures his diverse passions and businesses--attorney & legacy curator

Attorney & legacy curator Gregory J. Reed’s illustrious biography follows below; mostly from Wayne State University Law School’s alumni site  Please note: Mr. Reed is astute yet humble to take counsel with a variety of mentors that appeared over course of his journey.
Gregory J. Reed’s clients include icons of civil rights, entertainment,   politics and sports

Detroit attorney Gregory J. Reed has represented civil rights icons, written award-winning books and preserved and exhibited priceless artifacts and legacies of African-American history — all part of his goal to lead a purposeful life.

“A man of strong faith, I have actively sought to keep my mind and heart open , and, as a result, I found many mentors, people I call angels, who have been willing to guide me from time to time or to pass on the baton of life that has allowed me to run in the race of life,” he said.

Reed is accomplished in a variety of fields, and has long served as a mentor himself through his preservation efforts, his book writing and his life’s actions, starting even before he earned his law degree from Wayne State University Law School in 1974 and his master of laws degree from Wayne in 1978.

He is the author of 16 books, including his latest — Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders, which was awarded the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature and is nominated for a Phillis Wheatley 2013 book Award. He was honored by President Obama and Michelle Obama with a private inscribed commendation for his support in engaging youth in meaningful dialogue.

Attorney Reed’s 1994 book, Economic Empowerment through the Church, won a1994 American Book Award.

Books by Gregory Reed (partial list)
• Quiet Strength by Rosa Parks, & Gregory J. Reed
• Economic Empowerment Through the Church – A Blueprint for Progressive Community Development
• Dear Mrs. Parks
• Progressive Clergy: A Five Book Series Tax Planning and Contract Negotiating Techniques for Creative Persons, Professional Athletes and Entertainers
• This Business of Boxing and Its Secrets This Business of Entertainment and Its Secrets
• Negotiations Behind Closed Doors,
• This Business of Celebrity Estates
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A specialist in entertainment law, intellectual property law and tax law, Reed has served as attorney for civil rights icon Rosa Parks; Dr. Charles H. Wright, a noted obstetrician and civil rights activist for whom the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit is named; former Detroit Mayor Coleman Young; and famous sports figures including six world boxing champions. He also has helped many A-list singers, including Kid Rock, Aretha Franklin and Anita Baker, with their careers.

Along the way, he has collected and preserved artifacts and legacies of African-American historical significance, including slave papers, Motown memorabilia and the handwritten notations of Malcolm X’s autobiography. Reed founded the nonprofit Keeper of the Word Foundation in 1996 to ensure that his collection will be passed on to future generations.

He also has produced exhibits of his collection in major museums, with Tavis Smiley;  “America I Am: The African-American Imprint,” which premiered at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia in 2009; a 2008 exhibit, “Dear Mr. Mandela … Dear Mrs. Parks: Children’s Letters, Global Lessons,” which premiered at the Michigan State University Museum and Nelson Mandela Museum in South Africa in the first international exhibit of its kind; and a traveling music exhibit, “100 Plus One … Before Motown and Beyond, Celebrating America’s Music,” which premiered at Chicago’s Dusable Museum of African American History and set attendance records there.

On Detroit

“The greatest strength of Detroit is its blue-collar mindset and its resiliency.”

Reed has traveled the world and forged friendships with the rich and famous, but his heart has always been in Detroit, where he grew up and still has a law office in a restored firehouse on Bagley Street in Corktown.

“The city has so much to offer African-Americans and others of diverse backgrounds when we give life a chance and get involved, despite the obstacles every human will encounter due to the small mindedness that exists in all races of people,” he said. 

“The greatest strength of Detroit is its blue-collar mindset and its resiliency. To keep the city going in a positive direction will require an open mindset and unification with inclusiveness for all people sharing ideas with a can-do, entrepreneurial spirit, knowing that we are all in this together. There is something we all can do, and it starts with each and every one of us.”

“We must all be more open-minded to advance the region, the state and America. This is one of the reasons why I launched in 2009 the Detroit Entertainment Commission to promote and create an economic stimulus and employment base for Detroit.”

On Early Education

“Dr. Green molded me in a way that taught me to enter the race of life as a participant and not as a spectator.”

The first “angel” in Reed’s life was his mother, who taught him to value education and work. And then there was a high school counselor — Alma Whitley — at Southwestern High School. She was a strict disciplinarian, who was feared by some students, including him, before he got to know her.

“By her guidance, I became one of Detroit Public Schools’ first National Merit Scholars and class president,” Reed said. “She became my angel of guidance. She helped many others to realize their life’s goals, as well.”

He went on to Michigan State University, where he met new mentors, including Professor Harry Stephens and civil rights activist Dr. Robert Green.

“Dr. Green molded me in a way that taught me to enter the race of life as a participant and not as a spectator,” Reed said. “Because of Dr. Green’s encouragement, I have made many friendships from around the country, including Dr. Clifton Wharton Jr., the first African-American president of a major U.S. university (MSU).”

Green also advised Reed to meet Coleman Young, then serving as a Michigan senator.  “Dr. Green stated that Coleman Young would one day be a great leader and that he would need supporters like me,” Reed said.

He met Young and was inspired by his goal of becoming Detroit’s first African-American mayor.  “I got on board as one of his campaign researchers, never knowing history was in the making,” Reed said.

On Wayne Law

“They were good role models.”

With a degree in packaging engineering from MSU under his belt, Reed found  himself limited in his ability to help others advance. So, he decided to go to law school, and chose Wayne, where he gained more mentors, including professors Edward Littlejohn, Fredrica Lombard.John Mogk and Alan Schenk.

“They were good role models,” Reed said. “The environment was tough. There were only 15 African-Americans in the class, and only two of us graduated on time. Then, I decided to distinguish my degree from the other lawyers. I got a master of laws in taxation and was the first to achieve the degree in this state. There were less than 12 African-Americans in the United States with the degree. There were only 10 schools that issued the degree in the United States at the time, and WSU was one of them.”

As a child, Reed collected international stamps. As a law student, Reed started collecting slave papers.  “It dawned on me about preserving culture and legacies and how important it was to preserve art, culture and history in order to help others understand the importance of advancing humanity,” he said.

On the Rise to Influence

“Detroit has had so many angels, leaders and supporters who were great warriors and doers.”

About the same time, Reed began representing athletes as an agent. He drew the interest of law firm Goodman Eden Millender and Bedrosian.

“I met attorney Robert Millender, the Detroit political kingmaker at the firm,” Reed said.“Mr. Millender became a mentor of mine. I never knew he was the angel who would guide Coleman Young, Erma Henderson (the first African-American woman to serve on Detroit’s City Council), Congressman John Conyers, Secretary of State Richard Austin and many others destined to be prominent or the first in their professional positions.”

Detroit’s Millender Center is named in honor of Millender, a civil rights activist who was the driving force behind early African-American political power in Detroit and beyond.The Robert L. and Louise Millender Memorial Lecture series at Wayne State also honors his memory.

“Detroit has had so many angels, leaders and supporters who were great warriors and doers,” Reed said. “The city and its people prepared many of the nation’s leaders. I have learned that if you are sincere and want to do something worthwhile, Detroit has angels who will help you.”

As a newly minted attorney, Reed became an agent for professional athletes and entertainers. In 1980, he was hired to help work out some tax planning for the Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman boxing event in Zaire. Then, he was drafted to resolve tax problems holding up a Detroit match featuring Thomas Hearns and PepinoCuevas. Thereafter, Reed was appointed to negotiate the $30 million fight between Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard. That was a key point in Reed’s legal career. His reputation made, he went on to represent athletes and entertainers of the highest echelon for three decades, all the while maintaining his interest in collecting and preserving history.

In 1990, another key event in his life took place, seemingly out of the blue.

“Mrs. Rosa Parks walked into my office and asked me to be her attorney,” Reed said.“She  was one of the most notable great persons I ever met, a saint above all who prepared me to be more humble in all of my affairs.”

Reed created a plan to resurrect her legacy, which was largely overlooked at the time, he said. With his guidance and promotion, Parks was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996 and Congressional Gold Medal in 1999.  A U.S. postage stamp was created in her honor, as was a museum in Montgomery, Ala. And as a result, her “quiet strength” — a term coined by Reed — lives on to inspire new generations.

President Clinton awards Rosa Parks 
The Congressional Gold Medal_1999 

Reed was appointed to serve as the attorney for Nelson Mandela’s Detroit committee in preparation for the South African icon’s first visit to the city. But he didn’t actually met Mandela until 2008, when Reed served as his personal escort to the South African exhibit of “Dear Mr. Mandela … Dear Mrs. Parks: Children’s Letters, Global Lessons.” That exhibit will be shown in 2014 at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY.

 Nelson Mandela, Mandels’ wife Grace Machel & Gregory J. Reed 
 Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebration_South Africa, July 2008

“The irony of it is that I was chosen to be a part of the original planning committee for that center to have it built,” Reed said. “Now the center will have one of my exhibits. I was also once selected as the co-chairman to host Muhammad Ali’s Detroit visit and accompanied him during his visit.”

On His Own Legacy

“We cannot allow the gains we have made to erode.”

Reed, who has helped to preserve the legacy of so many people, hopes his own legacy is one that helps to inspire all people, despite their circumstances.

Gregory J. Reed holds his 
2013  NAACP Image Award for 
Outstanding Literary Work_Feb. 2013

“I have used the scarce resources of what I had to advance humanity despite the odds that were against me and so many others,” he said.

“My message to Detroit and to the world is that we must come together and live as one. We cannot allow the gains we have made to erode. Although we have a long way to go, I do believe that we can achieve Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream for a better world. From time to time, I catch a glimpse of that world. I can see a world where children do not learn hatred in their homes. I can see a world where mothers and fathers have the last and most important word. I can see a world in which all adults protect the innocence of children. I can see a world in which people do not call each other names based on skin color. I can see a world free of acts of violence.”

“I can see a world in which people of all races and all religions work together to improve the quality of life for everyone. If we will look to God and work together — not only here but everywhere — then others will see this world, too, and help to make it a reality.”

Contact info – Gregory Reed:

January 17, 2014 – Exhibit Opening: 

“Dear Mr. Mandela … Dear Mrs. Parks: Children’s Letters, Global Lessons” 
The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY

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Sunday, December 29, 2013 – The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors will broadcast on CBS at 9pm ET/PT

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Hello Everyone:

2014 is right around the corner and there is no better way to prepare for a Festive New Year than watching the 36th annual Kennedy Center Honors.  The gala event occurred several weeks ago; however, the CBS broadcast will be televised on Sunday, December 29, 2013 starting at 9:00pm till 11:00 p.m., ET/PT

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will honor five individuals who will receive the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors.  You can read their biographies by clicking on the link below their photo.

President & First Lady Michelle Obama arrive for the Kennedy Center
Honorees’ White House Gala Reception

“The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world,” said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein. “Martina Arroyo has dazzled the world with her glorious soprano voice and continues to share her artistry with a new generation of opera singers;Herbie Hancock has established himself as one of the most innovative musicians in the world, constantly breaking musical barriers and redefining the art of jazz”.

“Billy Joel’s melodies have provided the soundtrack of our lives for over four decades making him one pop music’s most prolific and memorable singers and songwriters; the remarkable breadth and range of Shirley MacLaine’s acting has left an indelible impression over a nearly 60-year career on stage and screen; from his legendary performance at Woodstock to his sweep at the 2000 Grammys and beyond, Carlos Santana’s artistry transcends genres while entertaining millions.”

The annual Honors Gala has become the highlight of the Washington cultural year, and its broadcast on CBS is a high point of the television season.

in a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, produced by George Stevens, Jr. and Michael Stevens, the 2013 Honorees will be saluted by great performers from New York, Hollywood, and the arts capitals of the world. Seated with the President of the United States and Mrs. Obama, the Honorees will accept the thanks of their peers through performances and tributes.

Honorees’ Biographies; click on name below each photo..
Martina Arroyo (uncredited)
     Martina Arroyo 
Herbie Hancock (Douglas Kirkland)
Billy Joel (Kevin Mazur)
             Billy Joel
Shirley MacLaine (Greg Gorman)
Carlos Santana (Maryanne Bilham)
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Nelson Mandela Becomes First Politician To Be Missed

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Hello Everyone:
Mandela:  Long Walk to Freedom, a movie based on Nelson Mandel’s book opens today, Friday, December 27,2013 to wide release having been reviewed earlier during it’s limited release last month.
Some critics love the movie and/or love it for it’s lessons that Nelson Mandela’s life teaches us.  However, a fair amount of movie critics have said “It’s impossible to capture Nelson Mandela’s life in one movie”.  The depth, scope and impact is to vast for most people to comprehend in our microwave society.
Other movie critics have basically said “It’s not the best movie” (technically speaking); however, film critics have basically given “Kuddos” to actor Idris Elba who plays the title role of Nelson Mandela siting that Mr. Elba captures Mr. Mandela’s essence along with actress Naomie Harris who plays his wife Winnie Mandela.
Camille’s Assessment:
Even if you are a film technical guru or watched the news non-stop from December 5th the day of  Nelson Mandela’s passing to his burial on December 15th;  I believe everyone should see this movie for the life lessons and take your children, grandchildren and/or neighborhood children with you.
To paraphrase President Obama from the memorial service on December 10th; “We’ll never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again”.  President Obama’s full video tribute from South Africa follows below.
I came across the following blog post regarding Mr. Mandela’s passing which is an insightful statement from political historian Wallace M. Delaney of Columbia University regarding Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy.

Nelson Mandela Becomes First Politician To Be Missed

JOHANNESBURG—Following the death of former South African president and civil rights leader Nelson Mandela today at the age of 95, sources confirmed that the revered humanitarian has become the first politician in recorded history to actually be missed. “Today we lost not only an international hero and a symbol of the resilient human spirit, but also the very first political figure ever who people actively wish was still alive and affecting world affairs,” said political historian Wallace M. Delaney of Columbia University, adding that Mandela will long be remembered for enduring 27 years in prison in the fight against apartheid, championing equality across the globe, and standing alone as the only world leader whose passing left the international community grief-stricken and feeling a palpable void in their lives. 

“Certainly people have felt a sense of sorrow at the deaths of politicians in the past, but Nelson Mandela’s death is the only one on record that people everywhere unanimously agree has left the world notably worse off. I miss him, we all miss him—and that’s entirely unprecedented in the world of politics.” Delaney added that he could not predict who might be the second politician to be missed by humanity, but confirmed there were no viable candidates anywhere out there right now

Major loss today, he has impacted so many lives and changed history.

He fought for what he believed in and gave his all to everything he loved.  Loved by many people, he blessed every single life he touched and came across

Have a Fantastic Weekend!
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The White House Tuesday, December 10, 2013
A moving tribute to a legendary figureNelson Mandela’s struggle against South African apartheid inspired millions. And his great call for justice and equality continues to resonate around the world, as new generations of young people pursue the ideals he embraced.Earlier today in Johannesburg, President Obama paid tribute to a hero and a leader — and spoke about the path that’s still ahead.It’s a powerful, moving speech. Watch this tribute to Nelson Mandela:

Watch: President Obama's tribute to Mandela

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Fiddler plays a Christmas Eve carol for you!

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Fiddler plays a Christmas Eve carol for you!


CYBER Holiday Shopping for Service Providers & Last Minute Gifts for ALL

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Good Sunday Morning:
Generally speaking most people don’t know very much about the people that provide needed services for themAny cash bonus or material Gifts should only be considered if planned for in your Holiday Gift budgetThe article directly below will guide as to who and why you should tip as service providers and recommend bonus amounts.
Delivery persons, garbage collectors, babysitters, hairdressers, house cleaning staff, etc. 
provide essential services or make our lives more comfortable
Hope everyone has finished their Holiday shopping. (SMILE)  If you are saying to yourself; you’ve got to be kidding–then I recommended starting or completing your Gift shopping on-line otherwise known as CYBER Gift Shopping for ALL. .
Below are several links with Gifts that can be purchased and delivered via on-line.  You may choose to print out the certificate and place a Holiday card for your recipient if you will see them during the holidays or send their Gift directly to their e-mail address.  You recipient will be able to either redeem from the retailer or start using their Gift immediately if it’s down loadable.  Last Minute Gifts You Can Send by E-mail – Slideshow
Gifts of empowerment make wonderful Gifts that Give all year round.  I have the Oprah & Deepak;s 21-Day Meditation Master Trilogy below and highly recommend it as a Holiday Gift at the special holiday price.
Trilogy areas:  Perfect Health, Miraculous Relations & Desire and Destiny   Each 21-Day area can also be purchased separately accessible at the on-line Chopra Center Library and/or downloaded to a computer. Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Master Trilogy – Website
Organized by type:   Deployed troops, military families and wounded warriors
No shipping or waiting in line 

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In 2014…. 
Exploring ways to virtually save, manage and leverage money and time.
Let your fingers do the Shopping!
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Two Creatives to Host Unique Holiday Events

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Hello Everyone:
Two very creative people are hosting events this month.  The first is Sheila Melissa Palmer,textile designer/fabric artist, QUE’TARSHE’ Historical & Contemporary Textiles  whose unique one-of-a kind “FELTS” will definitely keep you warm this winter. In the photo that follows; Ms. Palmer  is wearing one of her designer felt coats.
Stop by Cafe 1923 Coffeehouse on Sunday, December 22nd – 10am – 7pm  to meet Sheila at her 9th annual Cafe 1923 Holiday Show) and sip a cup of java or hot chocolate while you select a felted scarf or hat to keep you warm in style.
Teahoney Drew is your tea hostess,  Heaven On Earth Tea Palace & proprietress of The Victorian Gift Gallery.  These wonderful escapes are by private invitation or appointment only.
Ms. Drew has hosted themed teas for years; but this is her first New Year Royal Tea due to demand from her happy patrons. For this special champagne toast New Year Royal Tea Party Sunday, December 29th – 4pm contact Teahoney at 877-738-8262 for reservations ASAP due to limited capacity.

Sheila Melissa Palmer
Textile Designer/Fabric Artist
Cafe 1923 Coffeehouse

2287 Holbrook Ave., Hamtramck, Michigan 48212

Teahoney Drew
Tea Hostess & Victorian Boutique Proprietress 
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“Let’s get together and make this year end and the new one start with good friends, special people and a grand time. Join us for this joyous celebration and a champagne toast to our first.”  ~ Teahoney Drew

New Year’s Royal Tea Party

Sunday, December 29, 2013


Heaven on Earth Tea Palace &

Victorian Gift Gallery

Call for your Invitation

Teahoney Drew:  877-738-8262

CYBER Holiday Shopping for Military Personnel & Families

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Hello Everyone:
The two minute video below will leave you teary eyed.  My post today will be on CYBER Holiday Shopping for Military Personnel & Families.  

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GRATITUDE for our Military Personnel & Families
Throughout the year it’s important to remember our military personnel and their families with not only words like “Thank You for Your Service”; but, to really make an effort to show them with “Acts of Kindness” and/or material Gifts that will demonstrate to these Brave Men and Women that we truly appreciate their sacrifice in keeping us all “safe and free” from those that would surely do us harm if not for their sacrifice.
While the Holiday overseas package delivery dates have come and gone–it is never to late to send a care package to be received in 2014.  There are also care packages that can be purchased ranging from as little as $15 to $6,000 for specially designed bicycles for wounded soldiers.
If you don’t personally know of a military man or woman serving–then reach out to a military family in your community and offer to provide an errand or other acts of kindness that they need assistance with especially if they are separated from their children.
If your company is searching for employees with good moral character–then seek out returning military personnel and their spouses.  To learn more; visit:  Joining Forces
There are numerous ways to to help ranging from cash donations to the most needed Gift of all and that is “Writing Letters & Sending Cards”. which by the way means more than any material Gift.  One can always do so the CYBER way.  So there are no excuses notsend out a few e-letters or e-cards.  Operation Gratitude – 10 Easy Ways to Help

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This coming weekend is crunch time to start or complete your Holiday Shopping.  Watch for my Blog early next week regarding Cyber Holiday Shopping for Service Providers(mailman, hairdresser, snow shovelers, etc.). and last minute Gift Ideas for All.
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