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In Memory: Social Worker, Politician Erma Henderson

Erma Henderson. Photo by Amy Leang, Detroit Free Press.

Erma Henderson. Photo by Amy Leang, Detroit Free Press.

Erma Henderson, the first black woman elected to Detroit’s city council, was a trailblazer. She received her master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University and went on to become a civil rights advocate and respected politician. Her life demonstrates social workers’ commitment to making positive changes in society. Henderson died Monday at age 92.

“She was a great woman and probably the start of a lot of women going into elected office in Detroit,” Councilwoman Barbara-Rose Collins told The Associated Press. “But she also was a great humanitarian as a social worker. She helped her constituents with social problems, like housing, homelessness. She helped people who were hungry. She had a great heart.”

You can read Henderson’s obituary in the Detroit Free Press by clicking here.

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