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Brief History of ICRJ

For over four decades the Interfaith Center for Racial Justice (ICRJ) has been building bridges of understanding between people of different cultures and religious traditions. ICRJ’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration of Macomb County, as well as ICRJ programming like Green Circle, the Macomb Mosaic, Passport America, Kindness & Justice Challenge, and most recently Listen, Learn, & Live (LLL), Forums on Diversity, Interfaith Breakfast Seminar, and the LLL Summer Camp for Teenagers have educated and inspired thousands of adults and youth to work together for social and economic justice that respects all.

Initiated by metropolitan Detroit religious leaders in 1968 in response to the Kerner Commission Report which followed a summer of racial disturbances—including the July 1967 civil disorder in the City Detroit—and which concluded that "our society is moving toward two societies, one Black and one White—separate and unequal," ICRJ has evolved to provide a consistent voice for unity. Partnering with local congregations, businesses, labor, other community organizations, and schools ICRJ aims to change hearts and minds through innovative programming and its annual MLK Holiday Celebration of Macomb County.  Read Full History

Current Organizational Structure

Rev. Michail T. Curro,
ICRJ Executive Director
Rev. Curro joined the ICRJ in August 2006. With his leadership ICRJ’s annual MLK Holiday Celebration has grown to over 1,200 participants. During his tenure ICRJ has developed the innovative Listen, Learn, & Live (LLL) program, Interfaith Breakfast Seminar, launched the LLL Summer Camp for Teenagers, and initiated the resolution “Affirming the American Core Values of Freedom, Equality, and Justice” to build bridges of understanding among people of different cultures and faith traditions.  Rev. Curro is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He began his professional career as a congregation based community organizer and has been involved in social justice and interfaith work for over two decades.

2012 ICRJ Board of Directors
  Executive Director

• Rev. Michail T. Curro

ICRJ’s Support Staff

• Deborah Holmes


• Imam Steve Elturk, President (Islamic Organization of North America, IONA, Warren)
• Rev. Tyrone Martin, Vice-President (Greater Morning Star MBC, Mount Clemens)
• Sarah Stovall, Treasurer (North Broadway Church of Christ, Mount Clemens)
• Kay Schwarzberg, Secretary (Beth Tephilath Moses, Mt. Clemens)

Board Members

• Rev. Bart Beebe (Christ Lutheran Church, Sterling Heights)
• Ed Bruley
• Rev. Bill Davis (First Presbyterian Church of Mount Clemens)
• Rev. Roger Facione (Mt. Calvary Lutheran, Warren)
• J. David Ivers (Metropolitan AFL-CIO)
• Eric Jackson, Treasurer (NAACP, Vinson Chapel C.M.E., Clinton Twp.)
• Sue Kattula (Holy Martyr’s Chaldean Catholic Church, Sterling Heights)
• Fr. Randall Phillips (St. Blase Catholic Church, Sterling Heights)


2012 MLK Holiday Celebration Committee
Rev. Michail Curro, ICRJ Executive Director
Bev Clark, Administrative Assistant
Lynette Holmes, Committee Chair
  Maureen Aman
Denise Amenta
Renee Arrington-Johnson
Bernard Causey
Adam Harris
Della Jennings
Louis Johnson
Sean McBrady
Redelia McLaurine
Kirkanne Moseley
Brittany O’Neal
Fred Pantalleresco
Jean Pantalleresco
John Poma
Karyn Rudzinski
Katie Smith

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