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Maureen and Roy Roberts
“It is so critically important for blacks to give and for our kids to see us give,” said Roy Roberts, a retired group vice president of General Motors Co. and previous Detroit Public Schools emergency financial manager.
Roberts and his wife, Maureen, have long had heads and hearts for supporting the progression of the black community, the arts, and the city of Detroit. Members of the National Organization for Black Philanthropists and the Rockefeller Foundation, the Robert’s are established humanitarians, supporting the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), United Negro College Fund, the Urban League, Boy Scouts of America, Aquinas College, Gleaners Community Food Bank, and a host of local organizations.
“We do it because we think we should,” Roy said. In 2011, the couple funded a gallery named for African-American philanthropist at the DIA through a seven figure gift.
Maureen, a retired nurse, sits on the Board of Trustees for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Prior to and throughout her term, the Roberts have hugely supported the museum, replying to all of its appeals and encouraging others to give through individual fundraising efforts.
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