Monica Lewis Patrick’s relationship with Detroit is tied directly to Willie Horton. Horton who is a Detroit Tiger legend one of Baseball’s greatest players is also Monica’s Uncle. Horton welcomed and sent for his family from the South throughout his Detroit journey. Horton’s relationships with Judge Damon Keith, Coleman Young (RIP), and Erma Henderson (RIP) connected Monica and her whole family to a network of Black Excellence and Advocacy that developed the Mecca of the Chocolate City Detroit was in the 70’s and 80’s. Monica’s work in building her family and commitment to education was inspired by these figures. Arriving back to Detroit in the 2000’s sparked Monica’s advocacy. Today her work and lessons from JoAnn Watson, Maureen Taylor, Marian Kramer, and Gloria House are saving the lives of many Detroiters. In the midst of a crisis of Detroit Public School facilities being filled with led contamination Monica and ‘We the People of Detroit’ have solutions. We discuss her work, drive, family, and commitment to advocacy.
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