The New Detroit family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Grace Lee Boggs. Ms. Boggs was an untiring advocate and iconic leader in the fight for social change throughout her life. She inspired countless others to join in the struggle for equal opportunity and economic empowerment.
Ms. Boggs has been and remains a hero to generations of Detroiters for the activism that she and her late husband, Jimmy, exemplified through much of the last century and this one. We were honored to bestow her with New Detroit’s “Closing the Gap” award in 2006 as recognition of her many pioneering contributions to the fight for racial equity.
We join with her countless friends and admirers in mourning her passing while honoring her unique life of service that touched so many people in so many different ways and that will long stand as a beacon inspiring others as the struggle continues.
-Shirley R. Stancato, New Detroit CEO and president
On Saturday, November 7, 2015, New Detroit will hold its eighth Youth Leadership Summit on Race in partnership with the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The Summit will bring together racially diverse high school students from regional high schools working to improve race relations in metro Detroit. This highly popular one day event and limited to 250 students and will provide an opportunity for student leaders to network with other high school students throughout Southeastern Michigan. This event is free for all participants.Click here for more details...
New Detroit: a racial justice organization
The metropolitan Detroit leadership organization working to identify and eliminate racial disparities in the region by building economic equity, social justice and racial understanding.