Monday, December 14, 2009

Congresswoman Kilpatrick Issues Statement on the Death of Ms. Erma Henderson

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

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.
Her passion for helping people was always evident. A staunch advocate for Detroiters and women, she possessed the wisdom, vision, and leadership needed to create positive change. Today and always, we embrace her spirit, her service, and her strength. She will live forever in our hearts and minds.

“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:

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