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Multi-Racial Detroiters

Here’s how some local folks with parents of different races self-identify

Hansen Clarke

U.S. Congressman, 13th District of Michigan
53 years old

I recognize and honor my parents and consider myself African American, Indian American, and also Native American. My upbringing was heavily influenced by being raised off of Mack Avenue on the east side, visiting and living with many of my mother’s friends and relatives.


Karima Ullah

19 years old

I'm aware of being part of many heritages at all times, by the way I look, the things that I do, the food I eat. I feel like a piece of the world. I feel connected to everyone throughout the human spectrum.


jessica Care moore

Poet/Publisher/Visual Artist
39 years old

I am Tom and Irene’s Daughter. Native. Black. Brown. Yellow. Half American. Earth Child. African. Moor. Gypsy. Butterfly.

Photo by Piper Carter

Freman Hendrix

Owner and President, Advanced Security & Investigative Solutions/Former Detroit Deputy Mayor
60 years old

I've always identified as an African-American/Black Man. While I was not raised to be overly racially sensitive about my personal identity, being raised in a Black community and culture, it’s not surprising that my identity took the course it did. In hindsight, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.


Elizabeth C. Kincaid

Handbag Designer

I am a Diasporic amalgamation.


Photo by Shawn Lee

Rev. Horace Sheffield

Pastor of New Destiny Baptist Church
56 years old

I was born to biracial couple. However, with my father working side by side with Dr. King, there was no question who I was, nor who we were. My mother made it a point for me to know my color and my culture, yet to appreciate others as much as I honored mine.


Elizabeth Atkins

43 years old

While I once felt the need to announce to the world every branch on my family tree—African American, English, Italian, French and Native American—I now prefer to let people meet my spirit first. Then I proudly declare that I am a multiracial woman who is gratefully rooted in all of the above.


Lottie Spady

East Michigan Environmental Action Council Associate Director
43 years old

Although biracial—Black and White—I identify as Black, always have. There never was a question for me. It’s how I feel, bone deep.

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