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Hug Detroit Day

Detroit, MI, Sunday, August 25, 2019, 11:00am-12:00am

HUG Detroit Day is humbly requesting your presence at our 7th Annual Hug Detroit Day Block Party  and School Supplies Drive.

Hug Detroit  Day started in August of 2013.  “Getting back to the hugs and handshakes was very important in our yester-years, and I wanted deeply to be apart of simply reminding us how important a hug, and a handshake can change the spirit of  Detroit, and it has.” ~Sky Covington

Our goals are to continue to bring love to Detroit, by way of music, poetry, art, conversation, food, hugs, and handshakes.  This block party presented by Detroit, for Detroit will be held August 25, 2019 from 11:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. in the Black Bottom of Detroit 715 E. Milwaukee Detroit , MI. 48202.

Attendees can look forward to a day of free entertainment provided by award winning Detroit musicians, poets, artists , vendors, food, games. Plenty to do with kids. We will also serve complimentary dinner at 5p. 

Presented by:  State Rep. Isaac Robinson;  Founder of Hug Detroit Day Nicole Freeman, Jazz Vocalist Sky Covington;  Sheila Hale-Everett, Hug Detroit Day Co-Founder and CEO of Everett School of Natural Hair and LEEP;  Felle, Art Director for Hug Detroit Day 2019; Segways, Peacemakers Ministry; Sufian Nabhan of the Islamic Center of Detroit, Billy E Jones of WHPR, Beautification specialist Audra Carson of Izzie, The Mint Artist Guild, Detroit Black Music Awards, Tangent Gallery, Vanguard Community Development Corporation and Covenant House. Hosted By State Rep Isaac Robinson, The Detroit Black Music Awards President Misty Love, Sky Covington, Sheila Hale, and Special Guest. 

This FREE event will be held on the grounds of the Tangent Gallery and the Vanguard Community Development in the Historic Black bottom, East Grand Blvd Northend area, inside and outside.  Feel free to bring your lawn chairs , and tell your friends and family. Food vendors will be on-site or bring a picnic basket. Make a day of it , enjoying three stages of live entertainment, a kids area with bounce house and plenty of kids activities. Check website /

The Backpack & School Supplies Drive Portion

The Backpack & School Supplies Drive portion will  benefit students in need in the Northend/ Metro Detroit.  We are happy to serve our neighbors here and abroad. For the past 7 years, we all come together in Detroit, throw this block party, and asked for backpack donations.  We’ve had some wonderful donors to help. This year we are hopeful to give even more away.  

We are proud to announce that Peace Makers Ministries joined Hug Detroit Day as our International liaisons. A portion of this year's proceeds will go to the Covenant House and will also provide school supplies for Rebecca Modupeore Memorial School in Nigeria adopted by the Peace Makers Ministries group.

Feel free to donate can goods, school supplies and backpacks, for those who may be in need. Or feel free to hold your own Hug Detroit Day backpack & school supplies Drive at your job and in your community. We will make sure your donations will go far. For more information, please contact Nicole Freeman at 248.445.1277, or Sheila Hale 313-527-2884. Check out our website : We are ready to answer all your questions. 

More information about backpack donations attached.

Gofund me Page:

Event Page


The Backpack & School Supplies Drive Portion

It is estimated to cost $20-$35 to fill one backpack with the basic supplies needed for students, in the beginning of the school year. With your help we can make a difference.

Hug Detroit Day volunteers will be collecting backpacks, supplies and monetary donations through June 1st - Aug. 25th, payable online @ 

If you'd like to purchase backpacks , this company is our number one choice.  Bags In Bulk is a backpack and school supplies online store with great prices.  24 backpacks for 65$.

Feel free to purchase, and ship to: 

Nicole Freeman 1970 Yemans Hamtramck , MI 48212. ℅ Hug Detroit Backpack Drive

Suggested items to donate are as listed:

· Backpack

· Loose-leaf Paper (Wide Rule)

· 2-Pocket Folders

· Composition Notebook

· Spiral Notebooks

· Black Pens

· Large Pink Eraser

· #2 Pencils

· Pencil Box/Case

· Ruler

· Glue Stick

· Box of Crayons

· Pad of Drawing Paper

· Box of Washable Markers

· Handheld Pencil Sharpener

· Box of Colored Pencils

· 5-Inch Safety Scissors

· Facial Tissues

· Hand Sanitizer


Vanguard Community Development Corporation

Vanguard’s mission in Detroit’s Historic North End is to cultivate a vibrant and healthy community where people live, work and play. Our core values are ECONOMIC EQUITY and RACIAL JUSTICE. We accomplish this through programs in:

·  Housing Development

·  Commercial and Retail Development

·  Environmental Stewardship

·  Community Engagement

·  Community Improvement & Beautification

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