G U E S T B O O K

A selection of comments, tweets, notes, posts & messages from our beloved guests—


“This is the village. This is the dream. To have spaces to be real, to share resources and time and love. This space now, this is it.”

—Bucky Willis, Bleeding Heart Design


"To be in this space. To listen to dialogue rooted in love for this place we share. To want it to be better. To know it won't be easy, but to do it anyway. We are here. We are ready!"

—Nichelle Kija James-Gray, Detroit


"This is it. This is why I moved to Phillypeople are responsive to people who care." #UrbanConsulate

—Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

Women-Led Cities

“I had the most wonderful and inspiring time. We'd love to be in conversation as you build out your year, learn alongside you, and be of service as possible. I continue to cheer you on and am truly eager to hear how it unfolds.”

—Krista Tippett, On Being


“One of my favorite intellectual social spaces in Detroit.”

—Tanya Stephens, Detroit


"I always enjoy Urban Consulate's ability to fill fancy rooms with nerds."

—Aly, Philadelphia


"Loving your work at the Consulate. So cool."

—Jim Boyle, Ralph C. Wilson Foundation

“So glad Urban Consulate brought us together… the thread of mutual support and weaving what we each do is such a blessing.”

—Emily Gail, Detroit


"If I have not yet talked your ear off about Urban Consulate, you should come tonight to check it out."

—Chase Cantrell, Detroit


"Urban Consulate is an incredible discussion space."

—Infinite Mile, Detroit


“That was food, medicine, love, and all the good things.”

—Bucky Willis, Detroit


“People leaned in. The energy was electric. Many things that needed saying were said, and out of that many new relationships were born. Our country is filled with people trying to figure out how to live with each other and thrive together. I'm grateful I get to work with so many of them.”

—Eric Liu, Aspen Institute & Citizen University


“I’ve greatly enjoyed having a structured Black salon on this level to attend from time to time, and get my brain food on. To just have access to a space I once could only read about in Harlem Renaissance history books.”

—L. Michael Gipson, Detroit


"This was powerful. I had always been taught that all of the intelligence was to be found in the suburbs. I have never been in a space like this in Detroit."

—Tone McKoy


"Beautiful space, fabulous tea & wonderful people all made this a day to be remembered!"

—Warda Bouguettaya, baker


"Very glad I found out about the Urban Consulate in Detroit. This event taught me a lot about art & culture in Detroit. Thank you."

—Christopher Hun, brand specialist


"Sold out Urban Consulate program with 5th Square & friends who are helping to make Philly a more vibrant city."

—Patrick Morgan, Knight Foundation


"Met & heard from so many great people today, thanks to Urban Consulate & Amplify Philly! Shoutout to everyone for the warm welcome."

-Jess Ryan, new Philadelphian


"Special thanks to Urban Consulate for their generous offering of such a gorgeous space. It's a healing space."

—Florence Noel, Dear Black Women


"Enjoyed talking history, race and health at the Urban Consulate. Thanks for hosting!"

—Dr. Joneigh Khaldun

Director of Health, State of Michigan


"Woke & white? Progressive white people confronting racial divide @UrbanConsulate"

—Detroit Journalism Collaborative


"Sabrina Nelson packing a full house for the love of that genius James Baldwin!"

—Nichole Christian, InsideOut


"What happens in Copenhagen shouldn't stay in Copenhagen. Love that Philly leaders are keeping up the momentum from our study tour there last month."

—880 Cities


"Awesome, inspiring Urban Consulate discussion on race & food at EAT Cafe"

—Mariana Chilton, Drexel University


"Great panel from Urban Consulate about bringing transportation learning from Copenhagen to Philadelphia, thanks to support from Knight Foundation."

—Andrew Stober, University City District


“When I found out he was the guest of a parlor talk at the Urban Consulate, I had to be there. I was captivated by every word, it was like a Sunday morning sermon to hear his deep passion for his work and his certainty of an abundant future.”

— Darnell Kendricks on Carlos Nielbock, Detroit


"I was tired, tired & mo' tiredbut I pushed through & went to hear nationally renowned expert on racial justice and equity, Maya Wiley. This teacher was taught tonight! She dropped the knowledge."

—Dorian Kelly, Detroit


"If you haven't made it to one of these nourishing discussions at the Urban Consulate, I recommend you do soon!"

—Donald Kilpatrick, illustrator


"Urban Consulate, loved reading about your space in Next City. Would love to see something like it in L.A.!"

—Angie Jean-Marie, Los Angeles


"Thanks to the generosity of the Urban Consulate, and the patience of the audience, I was able to summarize my history and work in a special way."

—Marsha Music, writer & historian


"Thanks to my friends at Urban Consulate for hosting my talk last night. Together we can build stronger community value."

—Salvador Salort-Pons

Detroit Institute of Arts


"Meeting you that evening at the Urban Consulate was the start of our growing friendship, mutual support, and opportunities to learn & share with one another."

—Emily Gail to Marsha Music, Detroit


"Urban Consulate is fantastic. You will love it. Something like that would be a great part of the community engagement work for 3.0."

—Tommy Pacello, Memphis


"Claire is so savvy at her Urban Consulate. What if someone used a People's Liberty grant to create a Cincinnati Fieldtrip?

—Eric Avner, People's Liberty


"If you're ever applying for a People's Liberty grant, take a look at this phenomenal list of resources compiled by one of my civic heroes Claire at Urban Consulate."

—Eric Avner, People's Liberty


"Love this and the attention it's getting. Well done."

—Carol Coletta, Kresge Foundation on Blackness in America dinners


"Thank you profoundly for hosting an amazing experience in Detroit and for giving me the opportunity to be a part of it. I truly enjoyed getting more intimate with the city & extremely value the  knowledge exchange. Detroit was inspiring..."

—Veronica Ayala-Flores, LISC Philly


“Thank you for having me! I appreciated being able to connect with the minds and hearts in the room tonight.”

— Michael O’Bryan, Village of Arts & Humanities, Philadelphia


“Urban Consulate this evening with the dynamic Marsha Music. I finally had an opportunity to experience her poem, Just Say Hi, and hear her wisdom, wit & insight in the classic Urban Consulate space. What a delight.”

—Audra Carson


"Urban Consulate sounds so officiousbut it's just an old house for conversations and gatherings of cool people."

—Marsha Music, writer & historian


"Urban Consulate again for the win! Thank you for holding space for these conversations!"

—Jay Rayford, Social Sushi


"I love these convos hosted by Urban ConsulatePreserving Black Space"

—Jessica Care Moore, poet


"Bless the Urban Consulate for providing space for this topic and Lauren Hood for leading the change."

—Candice Fortman, WDET


"It is *always* a recommended event if West Philly's Katherine Ott Lovell is a speaker."

—Alberto Ibarguen, Knight Foundation


"A safe space for the community to converse on issues impacting Detroit."

—Kiana Doggan, DC3


"So much standing room for Lauren Hood's talk, people were like 'can we sit behind her?'" 

—Matt Dibble, Final Five Productions


"Went to a lively conversation at the Urban Consulate last week on gentrification, race, neighborhoods, access, investing in our narratives and how Detroit can best support its artists. Here, today, the conversation continues..."

—Biba Bell, dancer


"Thank you Urban Consulate & Global Detroit for giving me the opportunity to share my immigrant stories."

—Fatou-Seydi Sarr


"So pumped to travel to Detroit reppin Campus Philly for Urban Consulate Fieldtrip!" 

—Jen Devor, Campus Philly


"We get asked all the time—where are the young people? Here are two brilliant ones making a difference as community leaders on Detroit's eastside."

—Sandra Stahl, Citizen Detroit


"Cool discussion at Urban Consulate on education & strategies that can help kids succeed."

—Frank McGhee, Detroit


"When your girl Claire Nelson asks you to come through, you come through!"

-Sommer Woods, M-1 Rail


“Dear Black Women hosted its 7th Affirmation Circle, and it was beyond healing, transformative and filling! Very special thanks to Urban Consulate for their generous offering of such a gorgeous space!”

— Florence Noel, Dear Black Women


“Urban Consulate has been one of my favorite places to hang out since moving back to Detroit. It has been my go to spot when I am need of some real life, offline mental stimulation, enlightenment and dialogue with some of the most progressive thought leaders in the City, especially as it relates to Black people, Detroit, and otherwise underserved communities.

It is like our very own ‘House of Intellectuals.’ It’s where all the grown and sexy intelligensia in Detroit go to knowledge share and congregate. Claire and Chase have done a magnificent job of creating a safe and inspiring space to have a legit exchange with other like-minded people. Thank you!”

—Tanya Stephens, Detroit


“The partners for this engagement have been deeply supportive of my work and we share so many values. Every single detail tethered to this engagement—location, inclusion, vendor, honouring local knowledge is perfectly aligned with my practice. Claire Nelson, you are an exceptional human and champion. Thank you for getting the ball rolling on this. Also, I can't wait to meet Madhavi, Sarida, Orlando, Katy and other exceptional Detroit-based city-builders!”

— Jay Pitter, Toronto


"Grateful for your interesting house of community and conversation. Happy Thanksgiving to all the guests, conversationalists, listeners, and those especially who provide the unique place of welcome and thought."

—Lisa Rennell, Detroit


"I am a HUGE fan of Urban Consulate and the unique as well as necessary service it provides to the community. I try to attend as many of their events as possible. If you have never been to one of their events, I urge you to attend. If you have been to any of their events, kudos to you!

Knowledge is key to unlocking empowerment within individuals so that they may use it to build a better community for not only themselves, but other individuals who are and may become vested in the community. Urban Consulate helps to channel and disseminate that knowledge."

—Pietro Maize II, Detroit


Illustration: Donald Kilpatrick (Urban Consulate, Detroit, 2017)


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