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ComNetworkDETROIT: Tackling Narrative Change on Detroit Talent

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Detroit Historical Museum

Narrative and visual identity of cities are only as good as the stories and images of its people. Frustrated with unsound depictions on social media, a lackluster black history month and hearing “Detroit doesn’t have talent,” Marlowe Stoudamire posted positive daily tributes to two black men in Detroit for 50 consecutive days, offering a different — and greater — narrative about Detroit’s hidden talent.

That was the beginning of Roster Detroit. Come to our next monthly meet-up to learn more about this effort and to talk broadly about how we as social change communicators should think about and take on narrative change. Why it is important to our work, how to do it better, and where do we begin?


Marlowe Stoudamire, Founder, Roster Detroit

Interviewed by Krista Jahnke, Senior Communications Officer, The Kresge Foundation

Our December 2019 Meet Up will be graciously hosted at the Detroit Historical Museum, with its Cobblestone streets, 19th century stores, an auto assembly line, toy trains and a fur trading post from the 1700s. For over 90 years, the Museum has chronicled the life and times of the region, safeguarding its rich history. Come and enjoy our time together in this iconic Detroit space!

Parking is available in the adjacent lot off Kirby (between Woodward and Cass) for $9. Street parking is also available via the ParkDetroit app.

Light refreshments will be served.


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