Grant Recipients

African Americans

Loyola High School

Never Alone in Detroit

$16,450 • Detroit

In a city where two out of three women raising children are living below the poverty level, it takes great fortitude to maintain a family.  This project created a short documentary film that highlighted the voices and stories of African American women who raised young men alone. It focused on their challenges, strength, and pain in doing so. The migration of African American women from over 100 years ago up through the present day has been closely connected to the job market and automobile industry. This film explored and recorded the ability of African American women to meet the challenges of change in place, jobs, and income, as well as the themes of abandonment and independence. Never Alone in Detroit allows us to hear the voices and experience the unique stories of women in Detroit who are raising young men in the city against great odds.  This documentary features seventeen women who share their challenges, hopes, strength, support, and fears for their sons living in the city.

Never Alone in Detroit preview video.

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