Our Mission:

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

Our Coalition focuses on racial understanding and racial equity in Metropolitan Detroit.

New Detroit’s Multicultural Leadership Series

New Detroit’s Multicultural Leadership Series offers a highly innovative approach to building cultural competency. Our goal is to develop a greater understanding that can lead to racial equity.


This experience highlights the history, culture and socioeconomics of the following communities of color: African Americans, Arab Americans, Asian Americans, Chaldean Americans, Latino Americans and Native Americans. Participants are required to attend all 6 sessions.

Out of abundance of caution and in alignment with public health considerations to halt the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the 2020 sessions for the Multicultural Leadership Series will be held virtually.

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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. New Detroit provides a forum for community leaders to come together to listen and learn from each other and to serve as a regional forum for sensitive issues among individuals who might otherwise have no contact. The coalition has worked to impact the actions of individuals and institutions by serving in a number of roles; advocate, catalyst, convener, and facilitator.

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

New Detroit has served as a catalyst for change, influencing the actions of individuals and institutions. Through advocacy and leadership by example, New Detroit has demonstrated new ways for solving specific community problems, as well as provided resources to community-based groups.