Detroit, MI – “I am deeply saddened by the death of Ms. Erma Henderson. She was my leader, confidante, and role model. She was a dedicated community leader and a trailblazer. She showed women around the world we could fly as high as we dared to dream.
“Early in my career, Council President Erma Henderson and I, along with Teola Hunter, led a group of women to the U.N. Conference on Women to Nairobi, Kenya. It was a trip I will never forget.
“During her life, Ms. Henderson celebrated many firsts. She was the first African American female elected to the Detroit City Council.
Erma Henderson: Michigan Women's Hall of Fame
|She was the first African American female to serve as President of the Council, a position she held for 12 years. Ms. Henderson was also the first female to serve as a trustee of Wayne County Community College.|
“Ms. Henderson was the epitome of what it means to be a public servant. She was a voice for the voiceless and the defender of the defenseless.
“I extend my deepest condolences to her family and friends. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.”
Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick - Congresswoman Representing Michigan's 13th District: