Gala to Celebrate African American Firsts #BlackHistoricSitesCommittee #AficanAmericanFirsts #TellUsDetroit

From left: Dr. William Banks
Dr. Barbara Ross Lee
Ed Welburn

By Karen Hudson Samuels/Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – Prominent Detroiters, past and present, will be honored for becoming the first African American in their fields to reach noteworthy levels of accomplishment by the Detroit Historical Museum’s Black Historical Sites Committee.

“We are having our 41st Anniversary Gala on Friday, July 27th to honor those Detroiters whose contributions and achievements have overcome the odds and contributed to the good of our area and the national conversation” said Kimberly Simmons, Chairperson of the BHSC.

Trailblazers in the fields of medicine, broadcasting, the auto industry and education will be celebrated. Honorees include: Dr. William Banks, Karl and Beulah Hamilton, Erma Henderson, Alexander Jefferson, Drs. Norman & Shirley McRae, Dr. Barbara Ross Lee, and Ed Welburn.

The history of Detroit and surrounding area is impacted by the great achievements of all of its residents said Simmons but “In particular, the tremendous African American legacy in this area is a powerful reflection of the national struggle for Civil Rights and equality. Detroit has always been in the forefront on the side of justice.”

Simmons said membership in the BHSC open anyone interested in Detroit’s history and heritage. “Our committee was started 41 years ago as a diverse mingling of interested folks wanting to make sure that Detroit’s many stories and significant events, as well as its people are remembered even as we move forward toward a great future.”

Amyre Makupson will serve as mistress of ceremonies for the anniversary gala to be held at the Dossin Museum on Belle Isle. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktail hour; a strolling dinner and the program begin at 6:30 p.m. For ticket information, call (313) 833-1801 or visit the BHSC Gala. Tickets may also be purchased at the event, $30 for Detroit Historical Society/Black Historic Sites Committee members, $40 for the public.



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