Throughout the year, the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers in partnership with Comerica Bank celebrate a host of Game Changers who’ve been making a difference in the metro Detroit area. During their respective community awareness months, the Game Changers series recognizes African Americans, women, Asian American and Pacific Islanders, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, those assisting in the Disabled community, and the Hispanic community. Starting off the monthly series are the Black History Month Game Changers.
Reverend Horace L. Sheffield III is the pastor at Detroit’s New Destiny Baptist Church, which is one of many leadership roles he’s used to uplift the city of Detroit. Sheffield is also a former high school administrator, the CEO of the Detroit Association of Black Organizations (DABO) and is a lifetime member of the NAACP.
Stanford J. Wilkinson is the founder and executive director of the Determined Exceptional Fearless Youth (DEFY) Mentoring Program, a non-profit organization that provides access, exposure, and mentorship to local youth. Wilkinson also assists other Detroit-based organizations with similar missions: he serves as co-chair for Black United Fund of Michigan and is on the board of Detroit Association of Black Organizations (DABO).
Rochelle Riley is the City of Detroit’s Director of Arts and Culture, known for her nearly 20-year stint as a columnist for the Detroit Free Press. While keeping her words alive as an author and journalist in her own right, Riley quickly made an impact in her current role by creating a drive-through COVID-19 memorial on Belle Isle for 907 metro Detroiters – the largest art display in the city’s history.
Kamilia Landrum is the Executive Director of the Detroit Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Serving in varied leadership roles with the National and local NAACP branch, Landrum has been at the forefront of social justice advocacy issues within Detroit, but also across the United States.
This February’s Game Changers will be formally acknowledged before the Red Wings’ February 23rd game and “Hockey is for Everyone: Black History Night” at Little Caesars Arena.
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