Dreaming of Justice for Detroit

Sustaining Spirits and Communities for the Long Haul

Racial equity and justice are preconditions for greater opportunity in neighborhoods. That’s why in 2020, at the intersection of the Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 pandemic, Kresge’s Detroit Program invested $8 million in new grant commitments in organizations working at the frontlines of racial equity and justice.

General operating support for the Detroit Justice Center was a key component, as the Center scales legal services, engages with a national network of place-based racial justice orgs, and forges community support for the transformation of the criminal punishment system and investment in proactive forms of safety and well-being.

“Now is the time,” says Wendy Lewis Jackson, managing director of Kresge’s Detroit Program, “to redouble our commitment to provide the next generation a more equitable city.”

Amanda Alexander – Executive Director, Detroit Justice Center

Eric Williams – Managing Attorney for Economic Equity

Angel McKissic – Program Manager, Just Cities Lab