To solve the problem of inequality for African Americans in the 21st century we are in pursuit of a new type of higher learning institution.The Detroit College (TDC), based in the city which name it proudly bares, will be a college of culture advancement, our mission is to unleash the power of the greatest minds and train the nation’s next generation of leaders to create innovative solutions to our most entrenched problems. The Detroit College will be an African American cultural center, a tinderbox for revolutions and platform for intellectual debates - respected and envied by the world over.
To over come the issue of poverty we will offer free tuition to all students. Each student will also go on a birthright trip to their ancestral homeland, wherever that might be, to discover their own history first-hand. The key to making this work is diversifying income through a unique business model and dropping costs by a factor of 10 or more - this is the goal of The Detroit College.
Detroit has a long and winding history which has influenced the world over through it’s automotive and musical genius. No doubt both can trace their success to the Great Migration when millions of African Americans fled north to escape persecution and pursue economic opportunities.
Today, Detroit ranks #1 in cities with the highest percentage of African Americans (85%) and #4 in the US in total population of African Americans. Yet, all of its four year universities are majority white.
Lastly, Detroit and Flint are the only cities with 100k+ population and highest percentage of African Americans withoutan HBCU in the city or entire state.
The Detroit College has the unique ability to both preserve and cultivate culture better than historically designated sites or museums because it is living and breathing.
Therein lies our opportunity.
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