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.

Learn more about nomination criteria and ways you can support below!

Do you know a woman who is changing Detroit neighborhoods? A woman who has stepped up in this pandemic to care for needs of the community? A woman who gives of herself for the greater good? A woman whose love and support has helped her community? A friend, neighbor or family member who stands out from others while never seeking attention for herself?

These women deserve recognition precisely because they did not ask for it. Though not often in the limelight, they are the ones who inspire. It’s time to honor the women who have created a stir, inspired change, and given us a reason to hope for a better future.

Nominate a woman today to be honored through The Power of One Dedicated Woman, an annual award honoring unsung women changing Detroit neighborhoods. Six women will be honored for their dedication to changing Detroit neighborhoods.


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
  • Able to attend virtual awards on August 24, 2021

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



Sandra White, Hope Village Revitalization

Claudia Enriquez, Southwest Detroit

Jasmine Mahone, Brilliant Detroit Osborn

Joyce Moore, Virginia Park Community Coalition

Theresa Landrum, Southwest Detroit

Yvonne Gibbs, Forrer Community Block Club Association, Inc.

We also honor the legacy of Samoy Smith and the impact she’s made
through Creating Space Detroit in the Bagley community.

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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