In the city of Detroit, there are many that live in poverty. Poverty is the main reason the city of Detroit is struggling. Throughout the years, many have moved into the city hoping for a better life and a better job, and this worked for a while. However, once racism spread throughout the city, the city’s urban population began to feel the direct effects of the racism. The racism caused many urban zones to be redlined and caused a segregated community. Today, the city is mostly African American, as most of the whites have moved into suburbs. Unfortunately, this has caused jobs and opportunity to leave the city. Due to many of the manufacturing jobs moving to the suburbs, Detroit has started to deteriorate. During the talk with Dr. Baugh, I learned that racism and unequal opportunity was the reason the city started to deteriorate in the first place. Detroit is a large urban center, and it is the job of the upcoming generation to start the rebuild of the city.
The Leadership Institute as a whole serves those who cannot serve themselves. As a deteriorating city, Detroit needs the hospitality and philanthropy of those in the surrounding area. As a cohort, we are very fortunate to be experiencing higher education together; however, some of the students in the city may never know what higher education is. As a member of the Leadership Institute, it is my responsibility to go into communities that are struggling, and do my best to contribute my part. The Leadership Institute preaches inclusion. Whether you are white, black, blue, or purple, we all bleed the same color. We are all humans first. WE need to care for each other. As a product of a public school, I say that if the opportunity and spark is given, students will be able to be successful. I am very excited to work with some of the upcoming leaders from Jaylen Rose Leadership Academy. As a member of the Leadership Institute, it is my obligation to bring leadership across the state. During this weekend, I am looking forward to giving back to a community that really needs it. I am fortunate. I understand that some are not. My part? To give my time and service to those who cannot serve themselves.