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Detroit changemaker shines through during 2020 election chaos

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DETROIT – Summer Woods is a Detroit entrepreneur, mentor, and change maker.

Woods, a lifelong Detroit resident, was in the national spotlight during the 2020 US general election, and the experience changed her forever.

She has already volunteered for many campaigns, but nothing prepared her when a group of pro-Trump activists arrived at the TCF center to prevent poll workers from counting absentee votes.

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Woods worked as the logistics coordinator at the center and she said her instincts came into play when she made the decision to face the angry crowd.

“I think being an agent of change in the world we live in today really just means having the courage to do it right,” said Woods.

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She prides itself on always being passionate about the policy change and its impact on the black community. Woods said she felt lucky growing up in Detroit, where she could see black lawmakers elected and called to office as she grew up. This portrayal inspired her to become more involved in her community.

This also includes being a mentor. Woods believes it takes a village to raise a child and she is no exception. She was raised by a strong mother and grandmother who set a good example.

“I think some people are so caught up in the idea that you have to have money, or that you have to have it, or that I have to be in a certain position or a certain space to be part of the change, ‘and me don’t think that’s the case. I keep doing it because I see that the work is important and you can see the impact when you talk to young people, ”said Woods. “The nice thing about my job and I have used different opportunities or jobs to earn the money to really help my children. If that’s paid for tuition, paid for housing, paid for gas, or paid for getting home from school. “

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She said she viewed the children she cared for as her family and that was why she would always stand up for democracy.

“When you heard the quote, ‘Be the change you want to see,’ that’s how I really live my life,” said Woods. “I live my life this way if I want to see this. Let me be part of what this is and make this change for one person and for each project. “

Woods said whether the elections are local, state or national, she will make sure that she will always be part of the electoral process.

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