One of the most pivotal and visionary figures in the history of Detroit politics has been Coleman Alexander Young. Mayor Young served his term leading Detroit for 20 years from 1974 through 1994. His leadership of Detroit is often viewed from many lenses. In my opinion, the best understanding of Mayor Young can be gathered from his autobiography “Hard Stuff”. I’d recommend it to anyone who is interested in deconstructing the context of contemporary Detroit. Detroit being such an executive-led municipality, the role of the Mayor is a powerful position from which to create change. Mayor Young provided more opportunity for women (black women in particular) to lead departments, execute budgets, and implement change than any other major city. One of the women that Mayor Young supported and worked with during those years is the former General Counsel for the City Detroit, Sharon McPhail.
Sharon McPhail is one of the smartest, most strategic, and driven people you could ever have the chance to meet. I’m humbled to say that she has been part of my extended family for years. I’ve witnessed her break down concepts on how the city of Detroit could provide auto insurance to residents, full-ride college scholarships for children who live here for more than 10 years, and how neighborhood organizations can work with government.
This Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7PM, she will join me as a guest for my live podcasting event, 7 O’Clock Saturday Stories. This event takes place at the Motor City Art Center in Detroit Wayne State University District at 4468 Third Street 48201. This is a free event welcome to all ages. Please join me for an introspective discussion with the Honorable Sharon McPhail.