Former Detroit mayor shares life story with students at leadership event

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Kwame Kilpatrick

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Killpatrick spoke to student leaders at Philander Smith’s Colleges Black Male Initiative in Little Rock, AR, Saturday announcing he will focus his life on helping to develop educational materials for young men who are imprisoned.

“I’ve vacationed in the valley of the shadow of death, and I’ve learned to get back up,” he said in his first public appearance since his Aug. 2 release from prison.
Kilpatrick also stated he would not live in Detroit ever again. The former mayor and his family moved to Dallas, TX in 2009.

In May 2010, the 41-year-old was sent to prison for violating probation and failing to disclose assets that could have been used to pay $1 million in restitution to the city.  It was part of a plea deal he made in 2008 that also included his resignation as mayor and pleading guilty to obstruction of justice.

Although he has no plans to run for office, Killpatrick still believes he would be re-elected today, if he chose to seek election as mayor of Detroit.

On his official Facebook site on Aug. 16, he posted, “There is much misinformation, and many untruths about me that I must continue to dispel. They are slowly dissipating, but it won’t happen in one interview, speech or appearance. I must soldier on.”
Kilpatrick recently released a book Surrendered: The Rise, Fall and Revelation of Kwame Kilpatrick. The receipts of that book will go to the city as part of his outstanding balance of his plea deal restitution.
Trish Brown

About Trish Brown

Trish Brown was a news reporter and editor, a former school board president, the founder of Communication Concepts a PR firm in the Detroit area, and founder of all TPE entities,, and She has worked with the Osmonds and other celebs while trying to advance education in the k-12 and post-secondary arenas.