Down Through The Years

The Memoirs of Detroit City Council President Emeritus Erma Henderson

by Erma Henderson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/16/2004

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 240
ISBN : 9781418422905
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 240
ISBN : 9781418422912
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 240
ISBN : 9781414071794

About the Book

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 can go.

But most importantly, it is the story of the remarkable life of an amazing woman.

About the Author

Erma Henderson served on the Detroit City Council from 1973 through 1989.  Filling the vacant seat left open by the death of Robert Tindal, she became the first African American woman to serve on Detroit’s City Council, with her victory in the run-off election of 1972.  She won her seat again in the 1973 election, then followed with overwhelming victories in 1977, 1981, and 1985, making her the first African American to be elected Detroit City Council President, and the only person to have held that position for three consecutive terms.

Born in 1917, her life has been committed to social activism, racial and cultural inclusion, democratic ideals and spiritual principles.  She has spoken nationally and internationally on these topics.