In 2007 the Boggs Center and 32 endorsing organizations organized two events, one in April to commemorate Martin Luther King’s call for a Radical Revolution of Values in his 1967 anti-war speech and one in July centering around transforming despair to hope on the 40th anniversary of the Detroit rebellion. Many inspiring stories of grassroots activities and programs that Detroiters were creating or planned to create surfaced during these gatherings.
Participants wanting to continue to identify, encourage and promote these community initiatives and work towards creating a new infrastructure for our city from the ground up formed the Detroit City of Hope campaign. Examples of innovative grassroots activities range from urban agriculture to small business models, reinventing work and education to focus on community building and restorative justice initiatives, such as creating peace zones. Detroit City of Hope now launches an online space, that we hope will continue to document the community-building process in Detroit, making current initiatives more visible and facilitating further connection and cross-fertilization on the ground. In these times, we are feeing a tremendous groundswell of grassroots energy, it becomes our challenge as community builders to channel that energy into projects that capture people’s imagination, produce tangible results and leave us in awe of our collective potential.
In 2011, we changed our name from the Detorit City of Hope to the Detroit Community of Hope.
Join with the Detroit Community of Hope Citizen’s Campaign to re-spirit, re-define and rebuild Detroit from the ground up!
NETWORK OF HOPE
These groups have identified themselves as organizations/individuals that share the vision and values of Detroit City of Hope and/or the Transforming Grief into Hope event.
MOSAIC YOUTH THEATRE OF DETROIT
PIONEERS FOR PEACE
DETROIT AGRICULTURE NETWORK
WORD & WORLD
MICHIGAN COALITION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
The SHRINE of THE BLACK MADONNA
PAX CHRISTI MICHIGAN
SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES
ST PETER’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH – DETROIT
WORDS OF PEACE MICHIGAN
HUNTINGTON WOODS PEACE, CITIZENSHIP & EDUCATION PROJECT
ALLIED MEDIA CONFERENCE
CENTRO OBRERO – LATINO WORKER’S CENTER
THE CATHERINE FERGUSON ACADEMY
DOC ARMSTRONG – REDEMPTION MILE
FRIEND OF DETROIT AND TRI-COUNTY
BUKU PRODUCTIONS THEATER COMPANY
AMERICAN INDIAN HEALTH & FAMILY SERVICES
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATORS FOR WORLD PEACE
The LAMP PROJECT
MICHIGAN PEACE TEAM
The following individuals are involved the Transforming Grief into Hope event and/or have indicated their support for its vision and values