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Black Santa event helps fill void left by shuttered Northland Mall

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Some Detroit children will have a chance to read their Christmas lists while sitting on the lap of a Santa Claus who looks like them.

BLAC Magazine will host a free event this Saturday and Sunday for children to visit  and get their picture with a black Santa.

For years, Northland Mall in Southfield was a "sure-fire place" for parents to take their children for a photo with a black Santa.

When the mall closed its doors for good last spring, BLAC editor Aaron Foley says it left a void in the region for families who make the annual December trek.

"There's something to be said about representation and seeing yourself in a very historical figure. It really says something [for children] to see their own image in one of the most kind-hearted, loveable figures of all time," Foley said.

Foley said the events in Ferndale and Lathrup Village are free to attend, but people need to register online first.

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