Dottie Peoples is a three-time Grammy®-Award nominee and the winner of numerous Stellar, Dove, Soul Train, NAACP, and GMWA awards. Known for her classic hits, “On Time God,” “Testify” and “Do It!,”  she stays busy on the road with electrifying performances at churches and concert halls all over the country.

Known as the gospel “Pattie Labelle” during her live concerts, her reputation for warmth and compassion precedes her, as she routinely embraces fans with the love and sincerity of a close friend.  Born one of 10 children, and growing up in Ohio, Dottie’s mission and principle focus remain intact; her ministry is people.

Dottie has been featured in hit stage plays “God Don’t Like Ugly” and “A Fool For Love,” and in feature films, “Dirty Laundry” and “Kudzu Christmas.” She has been the National Spokesperson for The American Heart Association/The Ambassador for The Power To End Strokes, and a National Spokesperson for Speaking of Women’s Health.

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Ja'nel, Ja'shanna and Jarinn'e are the daughters of Kevin and Korinne Ishmel of Flint. The three young ladies are nationally recognized and have influenced the lives of thousands of children and youth through their life-changing performances.

Specializing in African American concert music, the sisters have made numerous television appearances, and have been the special guests of statesmen, clergy, recording artists, and university educators alike.

Under the tutelage of their uncle, operatic baritone and performance educator, Darnell Ishmel, the sisters offer a unique and inspirational message of hope, excellence and possibility.  Their brunch appearance is being generously sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Roosevelt Keys.



Spoken word artist and communication professor at UM-Flint, Dr. Traci Currie will pay a special tribute to one of the finest poets of our time. Speed painter, Martina Hahn, will be working alongside Currie to create a phenomenal work of art, which will then be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Proceeds from the auction will go toward the purchase of children's prize books for the Summer Reading Program.



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