About Us

We are a broad-based coalition of community groups. Our mission is to launch a new wave of volunteerism for the many worth while programs and activities that are struggling with the issues that trouble our community – illiteracy, high school dropout rates, crime and youth violence, drug abuse, domestic abuse, neighborhood blight and unemployment.

It is our belief that everyone can play a role and render service, thereby having a greater impact on solving these chronic problems. Our goal is to unite the entire community — nonprofit organizations, churches, schools, the business community and the media — in an unprecedented call to action.

This movement is about making a personal commitment for change at a critical time in our city’s history. We invite you to be part of this historic effort.

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Luther Keith, Executive Director of ARISE Detroit!

ARISE Detroit! Embrace The Vision, Be Part of The Change.,

Executive Director of ARISE Detroit!

About Luther Keith

Luther Keith, executive director of ARISE Detroit!, is a former award-winning editor and columnist for The Detroit News. A native Detroiter, Keith served in many roles for the newspaper before retiring in 2005. He had stints as a sports writer, state capitol correspondent, city editor, state editor, business editor, assistant managing editor, public editor and columnist.

In many of those roles, Keith developed and coordinated stories and special reports on quality of life issues affecting Detroit such as crime, education and neighborhood revitalization.

“I consider working with ARISE Detroit! a logical extension of the many issues I wrestled with as a journalist,” Keith says. “I have seen the passion and energy of Detroiters and others who care about the city and I’m looking forward to working with them to help create the kind of community we all want.”

In 1985, Keith took a leave of absence to become the founding director of Wayne State University’s Journalism Institute for Minorities, a program to recruit and train minorities for careers in the media. Keith was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in 1995.

Keith is a former vice-president with the Detroit chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and holds board memberships with the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation, Alternatives For  Girls and the Detroit Blues Society.

Do you want to have Luther Keith, Executive Director, speak to your community group, church or organization about the ARISE Detroit! movement and how you can get involved?

To schedule an appearance, call 313-921-1955.


Luther Keith, Executive Director

Crystal Staffney, Operations Officer



George Swan III, retired Wayne County Community College District  vice chancellor, board  chair

Leslie Andrews, CEO Leslie Andrews Consulting

Ron Wood, vice president, Blue Cross Blue Shield, treasurer

Pastor Annie Adams, AYSIA CDC

Renee Kent, vice president, Development Advisor, PNC Bank

Jackie Berg, Founder, Publisher The DetroitHub, Berg Communications

Julius Bender, President, ISG GLOBAL

Louise Guyton, former vice president Comerica Bank, Founder, Greater Works Foundation

Toni Mcilwain, former president, Ravendale Community Center

Marge Sorge, Executive Director, Detroit Regional News Hub

Gracie Xavier, Director, Corporate Engagement and Strategy, Global Detroit



In Memoriam: Honoring Jane Thomas, (posthumous)Trustee Emeritus, the Skillman Foundation, secretary, 2006-2016

Randy McNeil, posthumous, ARISE Detroit, chair, 2010-2016