Rev. Roberts will be speak about the Bringing Justice Initiative, a fundraising campaign that will ultimately help resolve rape cases related to Detroit's 11,341 infamously unopened and untested rape kits.
Roberts has spent most of his professional career acting as a liaison between Michigan politicians and faith-based groups. Early in his career, Roberts served as the District Director for Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-13). He also served as Director of Community Outreach for Wayne County’s Department of Community Justice, where he was instrumental in developing comprehensive, community-based initiatives designed to make a substantial positive difference in the lives of young people and families residing in Wayne County.
After the 2003 disturbances in Benton Harbor, then-Governor Jennifer Granholm appointed Roberts to co-chair a task force designed to work with Benton Harbor residents to develop tangible recommendations that would address the social and economic ills that contributed to tensions in the once-thriving city. He served as the Governor’s liaison to Benton Harbor over the next seven years.
Granholm appointed Roberts as the State of Michigan’s first Director of Community and Faith Based Initiatives in 2005. In this position, Rev. Roberts acted as Governor Granholm’s point person for faith and community leaders throughout the State of Michigan. His was responsible for helping Michigan faith-based organizations become more competitive for state and federal funding, and for forging strong links to the Office of the Governor and the State of Michigan.
A Central Michigan University graduate and the proud father of four daughters, Roberts has served as a Director for the Metropolitan Detroit Youth Foundation’s Learning Centers for Achievement, and also helped create the Detroit Mentoring Center for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit.