D’Real R. Graham is the co-founder of Radical Washtenaw –a collective of artists and activists in Washtenaw County, Michigan, that coalesced after the police murder of Aura Rosser in Ann Arbor in November of 2014. RAW aims to empower Black youth to be more involved in their community; to aid in the struggle against the increasing economic segregation in Washtenaw County; to offer love and protection to the downtrodden; to be in the streets; to post art, sounds, and writing by ourselves as well as by anyone who moves this movement; to expose abuse when we learn of it; and to erode white ignorance about Black Life and its many plights.
Graham is a member of the Keep Ypsi Black and has served as its field director. He volunteered with the Washington Street Block Club, which provided debris removal, streetscape beautification services, and special projects (Spring 2014-Spring 2017).
Graham currently is enrolled at Howard University, and lives in Brightwood Park (Washington, D.C.).
Nov. 6, 2012: Wins term as Ypsilanti School District board of director, with over 10,000 registered votes.
Aug.-Nov., 2008: Helps WCCVotes! register 1,000 new voters at Washtenaw Community College.
In the news
Ypsi/Arbor Exit Interview – MarkMaynard.com, Jul. 12, 2017
Dark Skin: A Mobility Impediment – Radical Washtenaw, Feb. 20, 2017
Remarks to Council, Dec. 6, 2016 – KYB, Dec. 6, 2016
Candidate for county prosecutor highlights need for police reform – The Michigan Daily, Sep. 8, 2016
Reimagine Community: 4-Point Plan – KYB, Aug. 20, 2016
Remarks to Council, Aug. 4, 2016 – KYB, Aug. 4, 2016
Remarks to Council, Dec. 15, 2015 – KYB, Dec. 15, 2015
Shape Ypsilanti – City of Ypsilanti, Oct. 16, 2013
826michigan Creates Passion for Learning and Teaching – The Ann, Nov. 2013
MASTERMIND: Chalk Talk With D’Real Graham – Concentrate, Mar. 20, 2013
Welcome D’Real Graham and Frances Martin, Two Shiny New 826michigan Staff Members! – 826michigan, Sep. 2012
D’Real’s declaration of intent.