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Culture of Understanding

JEFFREY SMITH | for the Daily News Mehvish Khan, 8, of Midland participates in a call to prayer during the "Choosing a Culture of Understanding" series Friday evening at the Islamic Center of Midland.

JEFFREY SMITH | for the Daily News Shoes are left in a pile as guests and members listen during the "Choosing a Culture of Understanding" series Friday evening at the Islamic Center of Midland.

JEFFREY SMITH | for the Daily News Midland residents Daniel Ahmed, 18, left, and Ibaad Husain, 17, both listen during the "Choosing a Culture of Understanding" series Friday evening at the Islamic Center of Midland. The two spoke on their experience of blending culture with education at their high schools. "We have to understand and learn about religion to help us better connect to today's world," Ahmed said.

JEFFREY SMITH | for the Daily News People sit barefoot on carpet as they listen during the "Choosing a Culture of Understanding" series Friday evening at the Islamic Center of Midland.

JEFFREY SMITH | for the Daily News Sarosh Anwar, a Saginaw resident and president of the Saginaw Islamic Center speaks during the "Choosing a Culture of Understanding" series Friday evening at the Islamic Center of Midland.

JEFFREY SMITH | for the Daily News Midland resident Shabiha Hakim, left, Hope resident Marnie Sharp and Midland resident Umbareen Jamil listen during the "Choosing a Culture of Understanding" series Friday evening at the Islamic Center of Midland.

For JRN 521

A day before the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, organizers of “Forward with your Promise” and “Young American Dreamers” spoke during an immigration reform rally at a small church January 20, 2013 in Washington D.C. “Hispanics are the new negro… we must fight for equality,” Juvens Vital said.

Midland Men of Music

JEFFREY SMITH | for the Daily News The Men of Music rehearse "Murder, He Wrote" Tuesday evening at the Midland Center for the Arts Little Theatre.

JEFFREY SMITH | for the Daily News Director Grace Marra of Midland conducts during The Men of Music's rehearsal of "Murder, He Wrote" Tuesday evening at the Midland Center for the Arts Little Theatre. "There's nothing like the sound of men singing; they're a fun, dynamic group to work with," Marra said.

JEFFREY SMITH | for the Daily News Midland resident Dave Willing performs in the first tenor section during The Men of Music's rehearsal of "Murder, He Wrote" Tuesday evening at the Midland Center for the Arts Little Theatre.

JEFFREY SMITH | for the Daily News Saginaw resident Jim Royle performs in the bass section during The Men of Music's rehearsal of "Murder, He Wrote" Tuesday evening at the Midland Center for the Arts Little Theatre.

JEFFREY SMITH | for the Daily News Pianist Jantz Black of Midland performs a song during The Men of Music's rehearsal of "Murder, He Wrote" Tuesday evening at the Midland Center for the Arts Little Theatre.

JEFFREY SMITH | for the Daily News Midland resident Rod Babcock, a tenor who plays "The Conductor," looks over a chart backstage during The Men of Music's rehearsal of "Murder, He Wrote" Tuesday evening at the Midland Center for the Arts Little Theatre.