20 Black Detroiters Making History
Detroit’s Black History is astounding. Black Detroiters have been on the forefront of the movements, art, culture, and ingenuity that we and the nation at-large celebrate in February and all year round.
We want to show the future of Detroit’s Black History.
The Skillman Foundation asked the community-at-large for examples of Black youth excellence that makes the world a better place. Below, we honor young people engaged in service, organizing, leadership, and support in their communities and who are making Black History.
1. Ama Russell & Eva Oleita
Ama and Eva founded Black Lives Matter In All Capacities, which empowers Black people through education and awareness.
Read Ama’s response to the insurrection at the Capitol.
2. Andrew Scarborough
Andrew plants community gardens and delivers supplies to those in need in his neighborhood.
3. Angel Clark
Angel works with and advocates for Detroit’s deaf community through sign language intepretation and connections to resources during the pandemic.
4. Dallian Burnett
Dallian has spent the last 15 years serving his community, from feeding the homeless to leading fundraisers for charity.
5. Diamond Cannon
Diamond volunteers at a foster youth home in Detroit and with the deaf/hard-of-hearing community.
6. Elijah Anderson
Elijah works with Life Remodled‘s Youth Alliance, where he works to positively impact the cultures in the Durfee-Central community.
7. Jabari Jefferson
Jabari is the deputy director of 24-Hour Economy, which provides support to small businesses across Detroit.
8. Jacob Williams, Jayden Williams, & Alex Jones
Ages: 12, 16, & 16
While working with Rescue MI Nature Now’s Farm and Finance Program, these young men have helped to rescue, transform, and maintain over 30 parcels of land in Detroit.
9. Jalyn Baity
Jalyn mentors young men of color through the My Brother’s Keeper initiative.
10. Jeremiah Steen
Jeremiah is the director of the Steen Foundation which positively impacts the socialization of youth, promotes strong inquisitive thinking, and allows teens to advance their view of the community through a creative perspective.
11. Karl Stafford
After interning for State Representative Jewel Jones, Karl dedicated his life to promoting community and public health in Detroit and beyond.
12. Kenndall Wallace
Kenndall is an accomplished filmmaker who has made health-focused public service announcements and is working on a documentary on racism.
13. Khyiana Tate
Khyiana works with and supports Detroit’s deaf community and has protested for rights for people with disabilities.
14. Leiasia Hailey
A member of City Year, Leiasia has led many volunteering initiatives, including making sleeping bags for the homeless out of discarded chip bags.
15. Makiah Shipp
Among her many experiences in youth and community organizing, Makiah worked as a field organizer and youth outreach coordinator for Rep. Rashida Tlaib.
16. Perriel Pace
Perriel is a dedicated member of Detroit Heals Detroit, a youth-founded and led organization with a mission to combat trauma in young people and dismantle systems of oppression that creates harm for young Detroiters.
17. Tamera Middlebrooks
Tamera received community organizing training through the Mamma Lila Youth Civic Engagement Fellowship program, founded by Rep. Rashida Talib.
18. Tavon Toure
An accomplished musician and singer, Tavon has written music to uplift his community during the recent Black Lives Matter protests.
19. Wisdom Andino & Tiera Barnett
Wisdom and Tiera founded Discover SELF Impact, which teaches financial literacy and confidence to local youth.
20. Zahria Liggans
Zahria is the president of Teen H.Y.P.E., where she works to educate her peers on community issues and mental health.
Do you know any young Black Detroiters making history? Share their stories in the comments below.