Kwame Kenyatta was elected to the Detroit City Council in November of 2005. In 2010, he was appointed as chairperson of the Council’s Neighborhood & Community Services Standing Committee after previously overseeing the Internal Operations Committee. He formerly served as Wayne County Commissioner of the 7th District as well as member and Vice-President of the Detroit Board of Education. In addition to his other professional achievements he is the author of two books titled Burning Fire, and Guide To Implementing Afrikan Centered Education.
Evidenced by the support he has received from citizens throughout the City of Detroit, Mr. Kenyatta has a long history of struggle and commitment to the community. He has directed and been involved in youth and neighborhood activities for over twenty-five years helping to provide such key services as youth initiatives, anti-drug programs, rites of passage, and assistance to senior citizens. In recognition of his reputation, he has received awards from the State, County, and the City and has been asked to appear on both local and national television and radio programs, including CNN and ABC’s Nightline.
As a former student of both Wayne County Community College and Eastern Michigan University, Kwame Kenyatta maintains the belief that education is a lifelong process and is forever pursuing his life studies. While all of his accomplishments have gained him the respect of many, he views himself as a plain and simple brother “trying to do something for his people.”