Since 2015, Michigan Community Resources has been proud to celebrate women community leaders through The Power of One Dedicated Woman, our annual awards honoring unsung women changing Detroit neighborhoods.

This year, our seventh annual awards will continue to look different than previous years because of the global pandemic, but our goal of bringing attention to the stories of women community leaders is the same.

This year, with the support of our partners and awards sponsors, we have identified new award benefits to expand and deepen our support of honorees by providing them with valuable tools and resources to support their work.

2021 honoree Rhonda Theus receives her award prizes sponsored by JP Morgan Chase

Myaia Holmes
Metro Detroit Mutual Aid

Kathleen Hurd
Damsel Take Your Crown

RuShann Long
Midwest Civic Council of Block Clubs

Kelly “Earth” Roper
High Frequency Training Systems

Rhonda Theus
Canfield Consortium

Karen Washington
Emmanuel Community House

RELEASE: Detroit women awarded for community service during pandemic
Michigan Community Resources honors six women during virtual awards event on August 24th

This award is for all women: cisgender (women who were assigned female at birth), transgender (women who were assigned male at birth), and nonbinary people who are comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of women. Recipients will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Identifies with above description
  • Over age 18
  • Resident of the city of Detroit
  • Shares her time, talent, and treasure to improve her Detroit community
  • Her efforts have gone unsung (largely unrecognized by mainstream media, the public, and through traditional awards)
  • Open to receiving free support services and resources from MCR and our partners to support her work in the community, along with other honoree benefits

It is free to nominate and anyone may submit a nomination.


Yvonne Gibbs
Claudia Enriquez
Theresa Landrum
Jasmine Mahone
Joyce Moore
Samoy Smith
Sandra White
Stevie Baka
Sonja Hill
Latisha Johnson
Shiva Shahmir
Betty Varner
Dawn Wilson-Clark
Barbara Martin
Karen Knox
Rachel Ullah
Star Roland
Stephanie Harbin
Tenai Leali
Aleasa M. Peatross-Smith
Dell Stubblefield
Deysi Martinez
Mary Jo Smith
Sandra Pickens
Sonia Renia Brown
Barbara Matney
Charlotte Blackwell
Denise Kennedy
Elois Moore
Marissa Mewitz
Michelle Jackson
Barbara Harding
Jackie Perkins
Lenora Hall
Phillis Judkins
Shirley Rankin
Jacqueline Conley

The Power of One Dedicated Woman

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