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Call for Nominations: Young Black Detroiters Making History 2023

Graphic design by featured artist, and 2022 honoree, Alexis Bagley

To celebrate Black History Month, The Skillman Foundation is looking for nominations of youth for our annual 20 Black Detroiters Making History campaign. The campaign celebrates Black Detroit youth making a difference in their communities.

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. Now, we want to show the future of Detroit’s Black History.

We will highlight Black youth excellence that makes the world a better place. Young people engaged in service, organizing, leadership, and support in their communities will be honored throughout February 2023. See our past honorees from 2021 and 2022.

To qualify, nominees must reside in Detroit and be under 25 years old.

To nominate extraordinary young Detroiter, please complete the nomination form below.

Nominations are due by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, January 27, 2023. Questions? E-mail

Nominations are now closed. We will notify you in the coming weeks if your nominees have been selected to participate in the campaign. For questions about the campaign or the nomination process, email

The Skillman Foundation

The Skillman Foundation is a grantmaking organization established in 1960 by Rose Skillman. We have granted out more than $730 million and have served as a vocal advocate to strengthen K-12 education, afterschool programming, child-centered neighborhoods, youth and community leadership, and racial equity and justice.

We are in the process of developing a new strategic framework, co-designed with Detroit youth and their champions.

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