Detroit, it’s time to celebrate our city in all of its glory! DLove Day is nearly here, so get ready to wave your flags, send your tweets, and raise the roof in celebration. This year marks the second annual DLove Day celebration, a day to celebrate Detroit and spread positivity at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
Local entrepreneur Terry Bean is the mastermind who launched Detroit’s own holiday, which is celebrated annually on March 13! DLove Day grew from Terry’s desire to replace criticisms of Detroit with more positive and uplifting messages.
“The day gets people to share all of the things they love about Detroit with others,” said Terry, who explained that it all started with a #313DLove tweet that went viral in 2012. “Even before our downtown was buzzing like it is now, we wanted to share a new narrative to replace all of the bashing going on.”
“You don’t have to live in Detroit to love Detroit,” Terry said. “If it weren’t for Detroit and its history, the world wouldn’t be what it is today.”
The event’s list of speakers includes a wide range of innovative community and business leaders, including TV show host Dr. Partha Nandi, environmental expert Cathleen Francois, venture capitalist Jacob Cohen and many others. David Farbman, founder and chairman of Carbon Media Group, is serving as the master of ceremonies.
“I’m excited to be a part of this because it brings a very diverse group of people together,” said David, who is also a New York Times bestselling author. “It brings a lot of love for the city together with a very TEDx feel to it, and I love that.”
He said that it’s an exciting time to live in the Motor City, as the growth and energy in the downtown area is now expanding into the neighborhoods.
“For me it’s about putting Michigan and Detroit on the map,” said David, who has seen an increase in job applicants from outside the state who are interested in working in the city. “I think people are really starting to see Detroit’s undiscovered potential.”
The celebration will kick off at 10:00 a.m. with a march that begins and ends at the museum (located at 315 E. Warren Ave.). Presentations from the event’s honored speakers will kick off at 1:00 p.m., and the day will conclude with an afterglow at 5:00 p.m.
Terry said attendees will all be tweeting at 3:00 p.m. in an effort to “break Twitter” by using the hashtag #313DLove.
“We have a great series of speakers, all of whom are changing the narrative in Detroit and doing really cool things,” explained Terry. “And there are a lot of folks in Oakland County who have never been to the museum and don’t know anything about it. So this will give them a chance to explore it.”
To learn more about the event or to buy tickets, visit 313DLove.com.