The Detroit Youth Choir (DYC) did not win the $1 million prize on ‘America’s Got Talent” last night, but they winners in the hearts of Detroiters. And on Friday, the 52-member choir and director Anthony White will be presented the Key to the City by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.
Since becoming Mayor in 2014, the only other individuals to have been given this honor have been Big Sean, Berry Gordy, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Lily Tomlin. The presentation will take place during the community celebration for the DYC at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20 at Campus Martius Park.
“The Detroit Youth Choir represented Detroit so beautifully, they deserve the highest form of recognition our city can offer,” said Mayor Duggan. They won the heart of America, and now they will have the key to our city.”
The event at Campus Martius is in partnership with the City of Detroit, the Downtown Detroit Partnership, and WDIV-Local 4. Reporter Kimberly Gil provided onsite coverage of DYC in Los Angeles and will serve as host.
This special event is free and open to the public. Mayor Duggan, Downtown Detroit Partnership CEO Eric Larson, Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti, and WDIV-Local 4 Vice President and General Manager Marla Drutz will join the community in welcoming home the Detroit Youth Choir.