Radio One is celebrating Black History Month by honoring local modern day history makers.
Mary Sheffield is a native Detroiter with a passion for restoring and rebuilding the Detroit legacy while also including its long time residents. Her work in and out of the community makes her a force to be reckoned with and a “Modern Day History Maker.”
At the age of 26, Sheffield made history when she became the youngest person to be elected into the Detroit City Council. Then, she made history for a second time when her colleagues selected her as the Council President Pro Tempore.
While in her position, Sheffield has made it her duty to help the community and fight for growth. She has launched several initiatives in the city of Detroit, including her Occupy the Corner community initiative, Homelessness Taskforce, State of the Youth Symposiums, a mentorship program for Detroit girls and many others.
Along with her work in the community, Sheffield is a board member for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, a member of the National Network to Combat Gun Violence, a member of People for the American Way’s (PFAW) Young Elected Officials, a Continuum of Care (for the homeless) board member and a founding member of the newly formed Black Legislative Exchange Council.
Mary Sheffield is using her position to make great change and impact the local community. Making her a modern day history maker. We can’t wait to see what else Mary will accomplish!