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Remembering Roberta Bryant - Detroit Chair

Roberta and Senator Debbie Stabenow discussing DtWT on Capitol Hill

Roberta Bryant (left) meeting with Senator Debbie Stabenow
during our 2010 Capitol Hill Visit

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Roberta Wolfe Bryant.  Roberta served as a chair for the Detroit program for many years.  Two years ago she reluctantly passed the position onto Denise Barnes when her health became a factor.

Roberta was a great advocate for youth.  After 10 years of teaching, she entered law school and received her law degree in 1991.  Since 1995, Roberta was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with Wayne County.  In 2001 she joined the Juvenile Division where she took an active interest in issues relating to school violence.  It was in this position that she was introduced to the “Do the Write Thing” Challenge Program.  Her deep love for young people and their welfare led her to embrace of the Challenge and she soon become Chair of the Detroit program.

Roberta fervently believed in the benefits of DtWT and sought to tell everyone she came in contact about it.  This led to her legendary plane ride with Karen Price-Ward, the community affairs representative for Southwest airlines.  Roberta, never one to be shy, began telling Karen about this wonderful program she worked with in Detroit, DtWT.  This peaked Karen’s interest and we have been the recipient of Southwest’s generosity ever since with the abundant green tickets that make our summer program viable.

Our prayers and thoughts are with her husband Steve and her daughter, Gabriella as well as her extended family.  Her great love for people and her joy for life will be greatly missed by us all.

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