D’Real for County Prosecutor

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Books + Breakfast at Holmes Elementary, June 2016

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.).

Timeline

Nov. 6, 2012: Wins term as Ypsilanti School District board of director, with over 10,000 registered votes.

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Josh Bednarski, 18, of Ypsilanti registers to vote during a voter registration drive at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor on Thursday, September 25, 2008. On left is D’Real Graham and Courtney Browne, volunteers for WCC Votes, working the drive along with Bianca Penzabene (not pictured). (Alan Warren, The Ann Arbor News)

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

Leaders Behind a Cultural Rebirth in Ypsilanti – Current Magazine (PDF), Feb. 1, 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.