Jun 18, 2020
Detroit R&B recognizes the long history of systemic racism in the U.S. towards Black Americans, most recently seen in the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, and countless others. Detroit in particular has a painful history of racial tension and we encourage everyone to read the below books about race relations in Detroit and how the city's culture has been shaped by its Black community:
As we reflect on these events in Minnesota, Georgia, and Kentucky and responses to them throughout the country, Detroit R&B recognizes that emotions are raw. The arc of justice must support marginalized communities, and that requires acknowledging our nation's failings and committing to meaningful and lasting change. We must do better.
Detroit R&B stands with BBSA and the broader Black Lives Matter movement. Our Board is reassessing how we can better showcase the work of Detroit’s Black entrepreneurs, politicians, non-profit leaders, and artists through our programming for the 2020-2021 academic year. Specific actions our club will take:
Additionally, for those based in Ann Arbor this summer, here is a list of Black-owned businesses in Detroit that you can support during these challenging times.
If you have feedback or suggestions as to how we can better support Black communities in Detroit, please reach out to our Board.
The Detroit R&B Board