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2018
2018

Clara Stanton Jones

Clara Stanton Jones

(1913-2012) First woman and first African American to serve as director of a major public library system in the United States.  In 1944, Clara accepted a position at the Detroit Public Library, and by her retirement, she had transformed libraries everywhere. With a focus on community, Clara worked to desegregate..Read More

2018

Agatha Biddle

Agatha Biddle

(1797-1873) Native American Chief, community leader, preserver of Native traditions, philanthropist, and businesswoman of the Mackinaw area during the nineteenth century. Under her leadership, the Treaty of Detroit was negotiated the 1855, which kept the Odawa Tribe in their homelands, restored some of their lost hunting and fishing rights, and obtained monetary compensation.

2018

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha MD, MPH

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha MD, MPH

Founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint, MI.  “Dr. Mona” was the champion in uncovering the Flint Water Crisis and leading its recovery efforts.  Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Freedom of..Read More

2018

Dr. Angela K. Wilson

Dr. Angela K. Wilson

John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Michigan State University. Recently served a rotation as the Division Director of the Division of Chemistry at the U.S. National Science Foundation, a role few women have held. Dr. Wilson is a prominent scholar in the fields of theoretical and computational chemistry..Read More

2018

Honorable Kym L. Worthy

Honorable Kym L. Worthy

Wayne County Prosecutor and leading force in the Detroit rape kit project, Enough SAID. In 1989, she became the first African-American chosen as Special Assignment Prosecutor. On January 6, 2004 Kym became Wayne County Prosecutor, the first African American and woman to hold this position.    

2016
2016

Diana Ross

Diana Ross

Diana Ross is a Motown legend and entertainer known for her role as the lead singer of the Supremes, as well as a successful solo career. Throughout her career, Ross has demonstrated her personal motto: “You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream...Read More

2016

Charlotte “Lottie” Wilson

Charlotte “Lottie” Wilson

(1854 – 1914) Charlotte “Lottie” Wilson was a nationally renowned artist and suffragist. She was the first African-American to graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lottie created busts of famous African-Americans such as Frederick Douglass and Phillis Wheatley. In 1892, she gifted a painting of Charles..Read More

2016

Lou Anna Kimsey Simon

Lou Anna Kimsey Simon

Lou Anna Kimsey Simon of East Lansing is the 20th—and first woman—president of Michigan State University. She leads the university’s work to advance the common good in Michigan and around the world. She began her career at MSU after earning her doctorate there in 1974, starting as an assistant professor..Read More

2016

Rev. Faith Fowler

Rev. Faith Fowler

Rev. Faith Fowler is the pastor of Cass Community United Methodist Church and executive director of Cass Community Social Services (CCSS), a Detroit non-profit which responds to poverty with programs for food, health care, housing, and employment. As executive director, she oversees the organization’s mission to provide one million meals..Read More

2016

Mary Free Bed Guild

Mary Free Bed Guild

The story of the Mary Free Bed Guild begins in 1891 when a small group of women wanted to help people who couldn’t afford health care. They passed a little black purse asking anyone named Mary – or anyone who knew someone named Mary – to donate ten cents. Because..Read More