May 23, 2019

BY Minyetta Nelson

Detroit, MI - 

Kwame Kenyatta, a former Detroit City Council member who was known for his longtime community activism, has died, son C. Kofi Kenyatta said Wednesday. He was 63. Kenyatta was a longtime public servant in Detroit, serving for more than 15 years in three different elected offices. He served on council for nearly eight years, represented a portion of the city on the Wayne County Commission and got elected to the Detroit school board. He co-founded Operation Get Down, a nonprofit that still provides services and treatment programs on the city's east side. When initially campaigning for council, Kenyatta said he was running to put power back in the hands of the people in reaction to Mayor Dennis Archer's administration.