New Detroit is a coalition of leaders working to achieve racial understanding and racial equity in Metropolitan Detroit.

New Detroit works to dismantle racism in the Metro Detroit region by moving hearts and minds and changing policies and systems. Our work includes education, trainings, services, research, and programs to fight racism at the personal, institutional, and systemic levels.

New Detroit’s Just Institute is a comprehensive suite of certificated trainings and customized consulting. Trainings provide interactive pedagogical learning and personalized action plans to provide participants tools and strategies to create racially equitable policies and practices grounded in a deep understanding of racialized systems.

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New Detroit’s Just Institute is a comprehensive suite of certificated trainings and customized consulting. Trainings provide interactive pedagogical learning and personalized action plans to provide participants tools and strategies to create racially equitable policies and practices grounded in a deep understanding of racialized systems.

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On this episode of New Detroit’s Just Lead: Advancing Racial Justice interview series, Khary Fraizer, Founder of Detroit is Different talks to Andre Ebron, Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

On this episode of New Detroit’s Just Lead: Advancing Racial Justice interview series, Khary Fraizer, Founder of Detroit is Different talks to Rebecca Irby, Director of Programs & Services for New Detroit.

New Detroit participated in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s 7th annual National Day

On January 17, 2023, multiple organizations in cities across the U.S. hosted gatherings to learn together and celebrate our common humanity. The purpose was to contemplate our shared values and create the blueprint together for #HowWeHeal from the effects of racism. To learn more visit healourcommunities.org.

NDI hosted a virtual town hall on the topic of “Racism as a Public Health Crisis.”

Our History

New Detroit was formed in response to civil unrest in 1967 that uncovered a host of entrenched social and community ills. At the request of then Michigan Governor George Romney and Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh, business executive Joseph L. Hudson, Jr. convened a unique coalition—the nation’s first—to identify what went wrong in July 1967, what needed to change, and how to make that change happen.

Since then, New Detroit, Inc. has been a unique and valuable arena where leaders of Detroit’s business, civic, grassroots, and religious communities have come together to plan cooperative strategies and to demonstrate their commitment to the city and its environs.

On July 6, 2020, in response to the dual pandemic of COVID-19 and racial injustice (which had come to a head with the murder of George Floyd on May 25), standing alongside 30 of Detroit’s most prominent business, political and philanthropical leaders in front of the “United We Stand” sculpture at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, New Detroit declared War on Racism.

New Detroit will dismantle racism through systems change and by moving hearts and minds. We do this as an institutional thought leader, an advocate for policy change, and as a catalyst for collective action. Our work is organized around these three strategies, and includes trainings, education, research, advocacy, and partnerships to fight racism at the personal, institutional, and systemic levels.

New Detroit Founders: Joseph L. Hudson, Jr.,Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh, and Governor George Romney
The original New Detroit committee

New Detroit’s leaders and community members commemorate the organization’s history and talk about their roles and involvement in the racial justice work with the coalition throughout 5 decades. Recorded in 2017.

New Detroit’s work is made possible with the generous support of the following funders:

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