Michael S. Van Leesten Memorial Bridge Commitment

The Michael S. Van Leesten Memorial Bridge Commitment event will be hung on Sunday, September 25th from twelve noon to 2pm.

The Van Leesten friends and family will honor the life and tradition of Michael S. Van Leesten at the Commitment EVENT, to be emceed by Lenny Cabral.

Michael S. Van Leesten
Civil liberties supporter, neighborhood leader, veteran, business owner, daddy, good friend, professional athlete, and coach.

Michael “Mike” S. Van Leesten was a civil liberties activist, United States Flying force veteran, magnate, and financial modification representative, who invested his life in service to the general public, and in pursuit of justice for all. A long-lasting local of Providence, and dedicated daddy of 6 kids, Mike was an establishing member and CEO of the Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) of Rhode Island, leading the way for the education and task training of numerous African-American and other financial and racial minorities. Through his management, OIC built and Education and Task Training center in South Providence which changed into CCRI’s Liston School. At OIC, Mike developed other companies consisting of Omni Advancement, supplying inexpensive real estate, and Opportunities Advancement Corporation, an organization advancement Company.

A basketball phenom at Rhode Island College, Mike holds the record for all-time rebounder with 1,494 rebounds, and was inducted into the RIC Professional Athletes Hall of Popularity in 1989, and The New England Basketball Hall of Popularity in 2009. In 1963 and 1965, Mike signed up with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Management Conference efforts to promote citizen registration in the South, and the passage of the Ballot Rights Act of 1965.

A Formational Commissioner on the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission, Mike acted as Director of Preparation and Advancement for The City of Providence, and the very first Black Director at Industrial National Bank, which later on ended up being Fleet Bank of RI. Furthermore, Mike worked carefully with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Country for several years and contributed in the advancement of Foxwoods Resort Gambling Establishment. Acknowledged for his life’s excellent work, Mike got honorary postgraduate degrees from URI, RIC, and Roger Williams University.

The bridge works as a sign of Mike’s life work of bringing individuals together to develop neighborhood, organizations, chance, and shared cultural experiences, and his capability to constantly see the huge creative capacity where there is a blank canvas.

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The program:

— Intro

— True Blessing of the Bridge

· Iman Abdul Lafit, Mosque Al Kareem– Prayer

· Rabbi Wayne Franklin– Prayer

· Rev. Howard Jenkins, Bethel AME Church– Prayer

— Good Friends of Michael S. Van Leesten– Recognitions

· Guv Daniel McKee

· Lt. Guv Sabin Mattos

· Rep. David Cicilline

· Mayor Jorge Elorza

· Brant Gawrys– Parks and Leisure

· Mary Kay Harris, Providence City Board

· Nirva Lafortune, Providence City Board

· John Goncalves, Providence City Board

— Checking Out of Michael S. Van Leesten Bio

· Alexis Brown

— Reflection

· Jordan Van Leesten

— Recognitions– Pals & & Household of Michael S. Van Leesten

· Michael Jon Van Leesten

· Jill Van Leesten– Recommendations– “The Uncles”

· Uncle Waleed Muhammad– Poem Reading

· Juan Wilson

· Karriem Van Leesten

— Closing

Right away following the commitment, commemorate with spoken word and the 1 year anniversary of OUTSPOKEN.

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