Our Mission:

New Detroit is a metropolitan Detroit leadership organization working to identify and eliminate racial disparities in the region by building economic equity, social justice and racial understanding.

Our Coalition focuses on five areas that represent the greatest potential threat to the community’s ability to achieve and maintain positive race relations.

News and Announcements

• New Detroit’s Minority Small Business Education Series – Winter Edition 2017 – Click here for more information and to register online

• New Detroit’s Annual Closing the Gap Awards Dinner: Save the date!
Wednesday, May 17th, 2015.
5:30 pm Reception | 6:30 pm Dinner & Program at Cobo Hall Grand Ballroom – B

• New Detroit celebrates 50th Anniversary with Genealogy & Storytelling Racial Healing Project
Participants discover centuries of ancestry through genealogy research and DNS testing. Click here to learn more

An Introduction to Our Work

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.