As part of the 9th annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day, the organization is honoring five Detroiters — one posthumously — for their community service and other efforts to create a better Detroit.
Neighborhoods Day takes place on Saturday, August 1 and features more than 250 community projects and events in neighborhoods all over the city. The awards were presented on Thursday, July 23, at an 11:00 a.m. news conference.
The honorees are:
–The late Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly, a long time Detroit community activist and singer who was devoted to causes to help Detroit. She also ministered in Africa and supported Detroit youth programs. She died in May at the age of 70.
—Penny Bailer, longtime executive director of City Year Detroit, a program that fosters community service in young people. She is also a former board member of ARISE Detroit!
—Maggie DeSantis, executive director of the Eastside Community Network, formerly the Warren-Conner Development. She has been a force behind the community organizing and revitalization efforts on the east side of Detroit.
—Mildred Hunt Robbins and her husband, Tommy Robbins, founders of the West Grand Boulevard Collaborative, a group that works to promote community transformation efforts on the west side of Detroit.
–Anthony Brogdon, a Detroiter with no previous film experience who decided to produce a documentary on the positive aspects of life in Detroit, along with a look at the city’s history. His film, The Great Detroit, is a testament to the city’s contributions to the nation and the world.