Acknowledgments
It is ironic that I entitled this book Now Is the Time! Given the amount of time
it took me to complete it, my family suggested as equally fitting: No Time like
the Present! All joking aside, my journey of completion has been so winding
that I cannot possibly name all of the people who served as guideposts. To the
best of my recollection, however, I name many of the people and groups who,
if had I not had their help in clearing my path, I doubt seriously I would have
made it through.
My editors and reviewers deserve a lion’s share of the credit for this book’s
clarity, while I assume the blame for any of its lingering murkiness. At Duke
University Press, I am truly indebted to my former editor, Raphael Allen, be-
cause he first placed great faith in this project and demonstrated great patience
with me even as the work tarried. Equally important has been my current edi-
tor, Courtney Berger. As combined with the epiphanies of my anonymous re-
viewers (many thanks), Courtney’s on-point editorial insights and guidance
are most responsible for making this book much better than it would have
otherwise been.
There are many Detroit activists, organization leaders, government officials,
and scholars who generously shared their time to respond to my sometimes
inarticulate or uninformed questions. But without their wealth of insights, pri-
mary sources, and leads in locating others, the narratives I present in this book
would be lopsided, at best. I extend a very special thanks to Ted Phillips, Annie
Sanders (Kaleema Sumareh), Doug Smith, and Ruth Williams, who are or were
at one time with the United Community Housing Coalition or
PLAN,
as well
as to Marilyn Mullane of Michigan Legal Services; Beverly Manick and Karen
McCleod of the Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation and
SOS;
and, most especially, to the heroic Marian Kramer, Yvette Linebarger,
Wayne Pippin, and Maureen Taylor of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organiza-
tion, Michigan Up and Out of Poverty, and the Detroit / Wayne County Union
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