My parents are transplants from a small town in Arkansas. They moved here as young newlyweds in the late 1960’s. Like many blacks from the south during that time, they moved here for the many opportunities that Detroit offered. My father landed a job with General Motors, where he worked for 33 years until his retirement and my mother landed a job with the city of Detroit.
I was born in Detroit in 1969 . A few years after I was born, my parents divorced. 2 or 3 years after their divorce, my mother bought a home on W. 8 mile road in the Green Acres community. Yes, the same 8 mile that Eminem made famous with his movie by the same name.
I attended Pastuer Elementary school, in the Bagley community, for my first 3 years of primary school.
I spent most summers in Arkansas and when it was time for me to go to the 4th grade, I stayed and attended school there.
I attended Vernor Elementary school for the 5th grade and Murphy Middle School, which is in the Brightmoor community, for the 6th though the 8th grade.
I spent my 4 years of high school at Cass Technical High, which is in the Cass Corridor area (now known as Midtown). My graduation was held at the majestic Fox Theatre. How cool was that?
After graduating from high school, I went away to school. I attended college in Tennessee for 2 years and then transferred to a university in Maryland, which is where I graduated.
I lived in Baltimore for a few years but returned to Detroit in 1994.
About A Beautiful Detroit
As many know, Detroit is going through difficult times. The challenges that the city faces are often overshadowed by the many positives aspects of this once great city. I started this blog as way to share with the world that Detroit is not all blighted homes, abandoned buildings and rampant crime.
It may seem that this blog is partial to the west side of Detroit, but it’s not intentional. I am a west side girl. I have never lived on the east side of the city, so I am not as familiar with it as I am with the west side. I do promise to work hard to include the east side in this blog. 🙂