Reparations Task Force

The City of Detroit Reparations Task Force is a 13-member body consisting of four executive members appointed by Council President Sheffield and nine general members. The task force will develop recommendations for housing and economic development programs that address historical discrimination against the Black community in Detroit.


Reparations Task Force Committee Members 

Cidney Calloway
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    Camille Collins
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Dorian Tyus
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    Gregory Hicks
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Edythe Ford
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    Janis Hazel
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Gloria House
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    Yolanda Jack
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Jasahn Larsosa
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    Bernard Parker
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Jeffrey Robinson
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    Keith Williams
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DRTF 2024 Public Meeting Schedule
Date     Location
February 3, 2024     Northwest Activities Center
March 2, 2024     Farwell Recreation Center
April 6, 2024     Northwest Activities Center
May 4, 2024     Farwell Recreation Center
June 1, 2024     Northwest Activities Center
July 6, 2024     Farwell Recreation Center
August 3, 2024     Northwest Activities Center
September 7, 2024     Farwell Recreation Center
October 5, 2024     Northwest Activities Center
All meetings are held from 2pm - 4pm
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Chair of the Executive Committee 

Keith Williams - chairman of the Michigan Democratic Black Caucus. Ran the campaign that placed the Reparations Taskforce on the ballot. He is concurrently a Director of Recruiting for the Wayne County Sheriff. Previously, he was Vice-Chair of the Wayne County Commission, an organization designed to pursue social justice aims.  


Executive Committee Members 

Dorian Tyus - municipal government attorney who was born and raised in Detroit. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelors in public policy, political science and sociology. He then went to Howard University School of Law in 2009. He is an executive board member and criminal justice committee chair of Detroit's NAACP branch, political action chair for the NAACP Michigan State Conference, and board member for the Michigan Democratic Black Caucus. He also works as a senior communications adviser for the Michigan Democratic Party and helped run the party's voter protection operations for the 2020 presidential election.  

General Members

Dr. Jeffery Robinson - principal of the Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy for the Detroit Public Schools Community District. Dr. Robinson is one of the foremost experts in African Centered Education in the Detroit public school system and is one of the original staff members of the Malcolm X Academy, the first public African Centered School in the country. He has also held Adjunct Professor appointments in African American & African Studies Programs at Michigan State University and Eastern Michigan University, as well as in the College of  Education at Wayne State University. 

CaMille Collins –  representing District 3, is a 5th generation Detroiter with a deep-rooted connection to the city and a passion for serving its residents. With over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, she has dedicated her career to supporting programs that uplift and empower Detroiters.

As a homeowner within her community, just four blocks from her ancestral home that has been in her family for nearly 100 years, CaMille embodies a profound understanding of the city's unique challenges and a personal commitment to its ongoing revitalization. Her upbringing instilled in her a strong sense of civic duty and a drive to give back to the community that has shaped her identity.

Throughout her career, CaMille has actively engaged with various nonprofit organizations, leveraging her skills and expertise to create meaningful change. Driven by her deep-rooted commitment to her hometown, CaMille approaches her work with integrity, compassion, and a relentless determination to effect positive change, firmly believing that by empowering individuals and communities, Detroit can continue to thrive and flourish for generations to come.

Bernard Parker III - non-profit consultant and former Wayne County Commissioner. Currently Vice President of External Affairs for the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation in Detroit (SMART). Former Director for Government Relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber.  

Dr. Gregory Hicks - formerly executive director for the 2012 Detroit charter revision commission and secretary of Detroit’s Board of Police Commissioners. Received a Doctorate degree in philosophy, a master's degree in sociology, a master’s degree in urban planning and a bachelor's degree in public affairs, all from Wayne State. Hicks’ professional life has focused on public policy solutions to reduce social and economic inequalities. 

Janis Hazel - Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC 7D05) for Ward 7 of Washington, DC. She is the Director of Communications for Ward 7 Council member Vincent C. Gray and has served as Director of Communications in the Executive Office of the Mayor. She was appointed by the Obama Administration to manage the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of the Census Decennial operations for the District of Columbia’s 2010 Census. She has served as the Director of Development and Communications for Howard University Television (WHUT-TV). A native of Detroit, MI and a political science major at the University of Michigan, she has served as Director of Marketing for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Events Marketing Manager for the Detroit Convention Bureau, and was part of the team that won the bid for Detroit to host Super Bowl XL. She served as Executive Director of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, producing Grammy award events featuring Aretha Franklin, Prince, Stevie Wonder, and other iconic artists. 

General Members (At-Large)  

Cidney Calloway - Cidney Calloway is a social justice advocate and community organizer known for her involvement in the Black Lives Matter movement. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, she developed a strong sense of responsibility towards her community from an early age. Cidney's passion for justice and liberation led her to engage in activism and advocate for the Black community.
In 2020, Cidney became a vocal abolitionist during the nationwide protests that erupted after the public murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers. Inspired by the need for systemic change, she actively participated in peaceful protests demanding an end to police brutality and racial injustice. Unfortunately, during one of these peaceful demonstrations, Cidney was arrested for her activism.

Following her arrest, Cidney's dedication to the cause did not waver. Instead, it led her to join forces with the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), a prominent and influential coalition of organizations advocating for Black liberation and social justice. As a two-time fellow with M4BL, she played a crucial role in organizing and amplifying the voices of those fighting for racial equality and advocating for the dismantling of systems and recreating what safety means in the Black community.

As Cidney continued her journey as an activist and abolitionist, she recognized the importance of legal representation and community empowerment in the fight against systemic injustice. Subsequently, she found her way to the Detroit Justice Center, a nonprofit organization that provides legal support, advocacy, and resources to low-income communities in Detroit.

Currently, Cidney serves as the office manager for the Detroit Justice Center. In this role, she plays a vital part in ensuring the organization's smooth operation and continues to contribute to the fight for justice and equality in her community. Her dedication, resilience, and commitment to uplifting Black voices have made her a respected and influential figure in the ongoing struggle for social change and in creating a more just future for all.


Edythe Ford

Edythe Ford is a lifelong community servant and advocate. She began her advocacy at the young age of 5, supporting the civil rights movement. While she continues to fight against racial injustices, she has grown into the role of a community organizer and advocate.

In the 48214 zip code in Detroit, Edythe works to bring resources to the community where blight is rampant and poverty rates are high. "I started with small wins such as sending volunteers to help elderly neighbors or connecting with local officers to call them directly with reports on crimes." Edythe is the Director of Community Engagement and Organizing at Mack Avenue Community Church Development Corporation, where she brings local officials, business communities, and residents together to deliver the change we need. Edythe is a grassroots organizer; people are first. She is also the President of the Pingree Park Association, Vice President of the Villages Community Development Corporation, and former co-chair of the Eastside Community Network LEAP Steering Committee.

Edythe leads a massive outreach to deliver resources and information to homeowners and renters in 48214. In 2023, Edythe and her team at MACC Development assisted over 800 Detroit residents in staying in their homes with the City of Detroit Homeowners Property Tax Exemption application and MIHAF.

"Our work helped save residents from foreclosure and eviction, delivering housing justice to residents. This is just one example of how I teach others how they can speak up for themselves and advocate to have their voices heard by local officials and organizations."

Service means being present when others call upon you to lead and be their voice for change. Some get called to serve in our armed services or as elected officials, while Edythe gets called to service by our residents. "Sometimes I will get 20 of these calls at once, but I believe delivering change block by block is how we can restore our communities and build a better Detroit."

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