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Detroit man raising money for Black-owned businesses by cycling to Mackinaw City stops by Saginaw

Detroit man raising money for Black-owned businesses by cycling to Mackinaw City stops by Saginaw

SAGINAW, MI – Saginaw was Dwan Dandridge’s second “layover” on his journey from his native Detroit all the way to Mackinaw City, a roughly 377-mile…

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SAGINAW, MI – Saginaw was Dwan Dandridge’s second “layover” on his journey from his native Detroit all the way to Mackinaw City, a roughly 377-mile trek he’s biking within seven days in order to raise money for Black-owned businesses and nonprofits.

Dandridge is the founder and CEO of Black Leaders Detroit , an organization looking to provide access to capital for Detroit’s Black entrepreneurs and eliminate racial disparities in the city’s economic comeback. He stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites at 2695 Tittabawassee Road after biking 52 miles from Lapeer Monday, Sept. 13., having biked 54 miles from Detroit the day before. Dandridge and his crew arrived around 3 p.m. after riding through heavy rains for about eight miles on his way into town, pausing briefly when lightning started, he said.

Dandridge, 47, looks to raise awareness about unequal access to funding for Black entrepreneurs through his “Ride for Equity,” which he’s undertaking despite suffering from a heart arrhythmia condition, according to the sign-up page for those interested in riding along on his journey.

Dandridge planned to set off for his next destination, Clare, early Tuesday morning. His longest leg is coming up on Wednesday when he sets out from Clare; He felt good, albeit sore, on Monday and hopes his good spirits last with a roughly 69-mile ride ahead of him, he said.

“When you’re off the bike, out of the saddle, you can really psych yourself up,” Dandridge said. “When you get on that thing, you’re on the road, you’ve […]

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