Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty Detroit Digital Justice Coalition

Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty

Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty is a mother, social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet, and author. She is the Director of Data Justice Programming and Researcher for the Detroit Community Technology Project. She also co-led a three-city participatory research project called the Our Data Bodies Project which looked at digital data collection and human rights in partnership with local communities, community organizations, and social support networks to show how different data systems impact re-entry, fair housing, public assistance, and community development. She is a four-time self-published author, co-founder of Riverwise Magazine, a member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, a Detroit Equity Action Lab fellow, and a board member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership. Petty is also the founder and director of Petty Propolis, a Sponsored Project of Allied Media Projects, where she gets to grow through organizing transformative art and education initiatives. She is a past recipient of the Spirit of Detroit Award, the Woman of Substance Award, the Women Creating Caring Communities Award, the Detroit Awesome Award, the University of Michigan Black Law Student Association’s Justice Honoree Award, was recognized as one of Who’s Who in Black Detroit in 2013 and 2015, and was awarded the Wayne State Center for Peace and Conflict Studies Peacemaker Award in 2018.


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