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.
to Read and Print a brochure about 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
"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
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 and Plowshares Theater Company. He also serves as a Detroit
Public Library Commissioner.
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.
Board of Directors
Randy C. McNeil, Youth Development Commission (retired)
Judith Jackson, YouthVille Detroit (President)
Jane Thomas, Ph. D., The Skillman Foundation (Trustee Emeritus)
Penny Bailer, City Year Detroit (Executive Director)
Annie Adams, Ph. D.
Kurt Metzger, Director,
Data Driven Detroit
Leslie Andrews, Director of Community Relations, Rock Ventures LLC
Louise Guyton, Vice President, Corporate Public Affairs, Comerica Bank
Marge Sorge, Executive Director, Detroit Regional News Hub
Marsha Foster Boyd, Ph. D., President, Ecumenical Theological Seminary
Roy Elrod, MD, ER, Detroit Receiving Hospital
Sandra Hermanoff, CEO/President, Hermanoff Public Relations
Sarida Scott, Executive Director, Community Development Advocates of Detroit
Toni McIlwain, Executive Director, Ravendale Community