Down Through the Years is an
inspirational presentation of the personal experiences of three-term Council
President Emeritus of the City of Detroit,
Erma Henderson. Erma’s life of spiritual
development, social action, and political achievement from her modest
beginnings in Detroit’s “Black Bottom” neighborhood, is a powerful
demonstration that any person has the potential to succeed and benefit the
world. Her genuine warmth and sincerity
has earned her the title of “Mother Henderson” to so many citizens of Detroit
and the world.
This is an important book for our time. It is a reflection of what America has come
through. It is an inspiration to readers
of all races in America, and to men and women.
It is a door to the past for today’s youth, to guide them on how to see
problems, and to empower everyone to take charge of their own life. It puts forth a vision for the future, a
vision manifested by this woman who has lived through many experiences, who
knows where we, as Detroiters and as Americans, have come from, and where we
But most importantly, it is the story of the remarkable life
of an amazing woman.