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Blair Evans

Blair Evans is the founder of Incite Focus, a "platform for community production," which demonstrates the revolutionary potential of applying permaculture principles in the context of Detroit's DIY maker culture.

Larry Simmons

Rev. Larry Simmons is the pastor at Baber Memorial A.M.E., a church in Brightmoor of about 112 congregants. 

Julia Putnam

Julia Putnam is the principal of the James And Grace Lee Boggs School, a school that takes a place-based approach to learning with the ultimate focus being the community surrounding the school.

Janet Jones

Janet Jones is the owner of Source Booksellers, an independent bookstore in Midtown that specializes in niche nonfiction titles. 

Frank McGhee

Frank McGhee is the Director of Neighborhood Service Organization's Youth Initiatives Project (NSO YIP), a youth leadership and advocacy training program focused on the prevention of violence and substance abuse.

Zana Smith

Zana Smith is the owner of Spectacles, selling fashionable and casual clothes with an edge along with accessories, books, and records in downtown Detroit. 

Tom Goddeeris

Tom Goddeeris is the executive director of the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation, a nonprofit, community-based organization working to preserve and improve the Grandmont Rosedale Neighborhoods of northwest Detroit.

Karen Brown

Karen Brown is the owner of Savvy Chic, a retail store that carries all the latest trends in fashion and furniture, located in Eastern Market. 

Thom and Diane Linn

Thom and Diane Linn are lifelong Detroiters and advocates for the city. They are also the proud parents of Andy, Emily, and Rob Linn, who are each following in their parents' footsteps to help build a better Detroit. 

Marsha Battle Philpot

Marsha Music, whose given name is Marsha Battle Philpot, is a writer, community organizer, and lifelong Detroit who has ideas on how Detroiters young and old, new and returning and never left, can work together to shape "new Detroit." 

Olayami Dabls

Olayami Dabls is the owner of the MBAD African Bead Museum, a major repository for African artifacts including sculptures, textiles, pottery, and bead works dating back hundreds of years, from countless cultures throughout Africa.

George N'Namdi

George N'Namdi is the founder of the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enlightenment through the arts. He is one of the nation's leading art dealers, with some 30 years experience as a gallery owner.

Dell & Sharon Pryor

Mother and daughter Dell and Sharon Pryor, among Detroit's earliest art and cultural ambassadors, are the owners of Del Pryor Gallery and Tulani Rose, longtime art institutions located in Midtown.

John Corvino

John Corvino is a philosophy professor at Wayne State University and is probably best known as "The Gay Moralist" for his tireless work in marriage equality and other same sex social issues.

Antonio Cosme

Antonio Cosme is a young artist, activist, and social organizer in Southwest Detroit. He co-founded the Raiz Up, a neighborhood collective of Southwest Detroit residents using hip hop as a tool to create social awareness in their community through community dialog, artistic creation and collective action.
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