Experience Detroit through the eyes and words of its youth.

An important component of The My Brother's Keeper Detroit Innovation Challenge Expo was an interactive and thought-provoking photo exhibition offering a look into the lives of several black and brown young men in the city. Below, preview the exhibit and hear their thoughts on what it is like to grow up as a young man of color in Detroit.


“If my dad was here right now...I would be happy.”

Learn More about Amarion's Team


“I've never been a bad kid. I wasn't raised that way. But I've always had a problem with people staring because of my color. I'll just be walking up the street minding my business and people will just look at me like: 'there goes another black male, he going to be locked up.'”

Learn More about Darius's Team


“We have to really fight for a place. You have to really strive and push yourself everyday to try and get somewhere.”

Learn More about DeMacio's Team


“When I see myself, I see an encouraging, handsome, confident, smart, funny and outgoing young man.”

Learn More about Duan's Team


“If I could change anything about the city right now, it would be the gentrification.”

Learn More about Freddie's Team


“We already got two strikes: we’re educated and we’re black.”

Learn More about Jaime's Team


“When I look in the mirror, I see someone who is determined and is destined for greatness.”

Learn More about Jayvon's Team


“They can’t judge us if they don't know us. They can look at me and say 'oh, he's a criminal.' I could be the smartest man in Detroit, a perfect SAT score, but they just automatically judge you based off your skin color.”

Learn More about Kamari's Team


“As a young black male, for me, was an interesting experience because I was caught somewhere in the middle.”

Learn More about Kenneth's Team


“I want to create businesses and bring other black people up with me.”

Learn More about Lerrell's Team


“When I look in the mirror I see a king.”

Learn More about Miguel's Team

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