Thank You DetroitAs a child growing up in the smalon Just as you deposited into me, I am payingof LaGrange, Georgia and later moving to t forward with our future.Flint, Michigan, I thought my possibilities As I continue to contribute to education,were limited. Little did I know that mytrajectory would be altered whenImoved to Detroit 48 years ago. It is withhumbleness that I say, Thank You Detroit!" and other institutions in the Detroit area, Ithe Charles H. Wright Museum of AfricanAmerican History, the Motown Museum,Wayne County Community College DistrictSee, I heard "no" so many timescelebrate the community that believed inI was told I couldn't get a college degree. me when many others did not.And when, I was fortunate to be one of tell people all the time, his would neverthe first African Americans along with (Dr. have happened without the spirit andRaymond Snowden and Melvin Garrett) to support of Detroit behind me.own a McDonald's franchise, I was told So, it is with humility and gratitude thatwas probably not going to be successful extend my appreciation to Detroit forBut Detroit changed all of that.helping me see beyond the naysayers,roadblocks and failures. It is by thegrace of God, that SO many of youDetroit poured into me through mentors,friendships, business associates,customers and employees who becamelifelong friendswere placed on my path to help medream BIGI celebrate you and say,"Thank You, Detroit!"Today, I am blessed to have a doctoratedegree and be a philanthropist, author andsuccessful businessman across multipleindustries.I have dedicated my life to propelling ouryoung people by speaking at collegesand providing a multitude of scholarshipsbecause education is very important.PHOTO: Myron Watkins

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Thank You Detroit As a child growing up in the smalon Just as you deposited into me, I am paying of LaGrange, Georgia and later moving to t forward with our future. Flint, Michigan, I thought my possibilities As I continue to contribute to education, were limited. Little did I know that my trajectory would be altered whenI moved to Detroit 48 years ago. It is with humbleness that I say, Thank You Detroit!" and other institutions in the Detroit area, I the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Motown Museum, Wayne County Community College District See, I heard "no" so many times celebrate the community that believed in I was told I couldn't get a college degree. me when many others did not. And when, I was fortunate to be one of tell people all the time, his would never the first African Americans along with (Dr. have happened without the spirit and Raymond Snowden and Melvin Garrett) to support of Detroit behind me. own a McDonald's franchise, I was told So, it is with humility and gratitude that was probably not going to be successful extend my appreciation to Detroit for But Detroit changed all of that. helping me see beyond the naysayers, roadblocks and failures. It is by the grace of God, that SO many of you Detroit poured into me through mentors, friendships, business associates, customers and employees who became lifelong friends were placed on my path to help me dream BIG I celebrate you and say, "Thank You, Detroit!" Today, I am blessed to have a doctorate degree and be a philanthropist, author and successful businessman across multiple industries. I have dedicated my life to propelling our young people by speaking at colleges and providing a multitude of scholarships because education is very important. PHOTO: Myron Watkins

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