THE FAMILY AND COMMUNITY OF THE ROEPER SCHOOL REQUESTS THE PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY AT THEIR
Roeper Gala Celebration
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017
ROYAL OAK MUSIC THEATRE
7:00 IN THE EVENING
75th Anniversary Guest Speaker
BRYAN STEVENSON Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, EJI
Mr. Stevenson is a lawyer, social justice activist, author, and clinical professor at New York University School of Law. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, Mr. Stevenson has challenged bias against the poor and minorities in the criminal justice system, especially children. He has helped win court decisions that prohibit sentencing children under 18 to death or life in prison without parole. He has assisted in cases that have liberated dozens of prisoners from death row, advocated for the poor, and developed community-based reform litigation to improve the administration of criminal justice. Mr. Stevenson wrote the critically acclaimed memoir, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. In 2014 it was one of Time magazine’s “10 Best Books of Nonfiction”; and in 2015 won the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction. He has been named a MacArthur Fellow, received the Olof Palme Prize, Gruber Prize for Justice, and Four Freedoms Award. Bryan has given a highly regarded TED TALK, and has appeared on C-SPAN, 60 Minutes and many other national and local media.
75th Anniversary Golden Apple Awardees
SHAMAYIM HARRIS “MAMA SHU” In a neighborhood that lost its school, library, streetlights, businesses and much of its population, Shu Harris and her team of artists, engineers, urban farmers and supporters are reimagining Avalon Village. Bit by bit they are building quality of life with a community park, library and more to come.
SALLY BOOTH In this 75th year, honoring one of Roeper School’s most beloved matriarchs is a privilege long overdue. Now in her 90’s, and mother to three Roeper alumni, Sally’s Roeperian story began assisting Annemarie, then in the Admissions Office, part of Stage I faculty and the Board of Trustees.
RUDY SIMONS Rudy Simons is an activist for human rights. He was a board member of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University, and a member of many international delegations. The Simons Papers, housed at the Reuther Library at WSU, span a sizeable portion of Detroit peace and civil rights protest history.
On November 9, 1990, the school held its first Roeper Gala and Golden Apple Awards. The event was designed to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary by honoring the school’s founding principle: that each of us should aspire to fulfill our unique potential and harness our gifts to better our community. Each Gala features a keynote speaker and Golden Apple Awardees whose exemplary contributions to the metro Detroit community reflect our Roeper values. The introductions of the award recipients by Roeper students are creative, insightful, frequently humorous, and always moving. For a full list of previous Golden Apple Awardees visit www.Roeper75.org. Previous keynote speakers include:
1990 Robert Fulghum 1992 Bob Keeshan 1993 Maya Angelou 1995 Beverly Sills 1996 Capt. James A. Lovell, Jr. 1997 James Earl Jones 1998 David Brinkley 1999 Morris Dees 2000 Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. 2001 Arun Gandhi 2004 Frank Deford 2006 Danny Glover 2008 Ed Begley, Jr.
Additional awardees have come from all walks of life, the arts and humanities, the sciences, medicine, politics, business, media, social activism, law and advocacy, and more.
For more information please contact Denita Banks-Sims at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248.203.7312