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Model D Speaker Series: Inclusivity & Revitalization



June is LGBT Pride Month, and we’re excited to team with The HOPE Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, Between the Lines and The Huffington Post on Wednesday, June 6 for a conversation about the importance of inclusivity in urban revitalization.

Moderated by Desiree Cooper, author of our ongoing LGBT Leaders of Color series, the discussion will feature Detroit entrepreneurs and community leaders who are not just talking the talk, but walking the walk to create a more welcoming city for all.

Panelists include Adriel Thornton, Allied Media Projects and Wink Detroit; Elliott Broom, Detroit Institute of Arts; Michael Perkins, WDET and Rachel Lutz, owner of The Peacock Room. Opening remarks will be presented by Mariam Noland, president of CFSEM.

The event will take place June 6 at the beautiful historic Scarab Club at 271 Farnsworth Street in Midtown Detroit. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the program begins at 6 p.m. Advance registration is closed due to limited seating. If you did not register in advance but would like to attend, we will do our best to accommodate you.

Light refreshments will be provided by Detroit Vegan Soul, a new meal delivery and catering company specializing in soul food made from whole food. DVS was started by Kirsten Ussery and Erika Boyd, featured in the first installment of the series. To watch their video, click here.

This program is supported by the Racial Equity Initiative of The HOPE Fund. The Model D Speaker Series is presented by MSHDA.

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