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Tie-tying ceremony ushers in new support for Grand Rapids youth
Tie-tying ceremony ushers in new support for Grand Rapids youth

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The founding dean of Davenport University’s College of Urban Education will introduce his innovative tie-tying ceremony to a group of Grand Rapids boys,  as a first step of encouragement to attend college.

Dr. Andre Perry began his tie-tying ceremony in New Orleans in 2010 as a way to celebrate his 40th birthday.  He plans to make the ritual an annual event in his new home of Grand Rapids.  During the ceremony on November 18, adult mentors will teach twenty boys how to tie distinguishing knots.  The ceremony is meant to introduce young urban youth to social networks that will increase their likelihood of attending and completing college.

The ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Head-N-Sole Barbershop, located at 1449 Kalamazoo Ave. SE.

Perry’s unique tie ceremony is featured in the award-winning documentary, “Close Ties: Tying on a New Tradition.”