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Title: About Detroit Flanagan

About Detroit T. Flanagan, Jr.

Detroit grew up in South-Central Los Angeles attending Samuel Gompers Jr. High, John C. Fremont High and Loyola Marymount University where he majored in Mathematics and minored in Philosophy while on a basketball scholarship.

In 1974, this former Air Force Captain and Vietnam veteran, became the youngest ever and first African American President of the Loyola Marymount University Alumni Association.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the Inglewood Chamber of Commerce and the Wilshire Rotary Club where he was an active member for over 20 years. He is a Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow.

Detroit spent more than 22 years in the Life Insurance profession. He held positions as a District Sales Manager, Trainer and Marketing Staff Executive for a large international insurance company. For over three years, he was Site Director for the Los Angeles Sports Academy at Audubon Middle School where he supervised the activities of 216 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, 16 coaches and 6 teachers. The highly successful program achieved the highest GPA and attendance in the school for three years running.

From 2000 to 2015 Detroit was an LAUSD high school teacher, spending two years as Math Lab instructor at Abram Friedman Occupational Center, and ten plus years at the Venice Skills Center Alternative Education and Work Center (AEWC). He retired from LAUSD in 2010.

Detroit has been a commercial actor with SAG-AFTRA for over 20 years.

Project G.A.N.G.S. (Gang Actors Needing God’s Support) - during the 1990’s Detroit worked extensively with Founder, Director, Harry Bey in a dramatic play with a large number of real hard core gang members to involve them in meaningfully portraying the futility of the gang lifestyle. The play was performed at many LAUSD high schools, Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in Los Angeles and numerous venues in the Los Angeles and Glendale areas. Detroit played the role of Lt. Post, an LAPD officer, who tried to show the compassionate side of law enforcement.

Detroit has been married to his high school sweetheart, Trula, for over 52 years.
They have two successful adult daughters, Cherice and Dana, two awesome sons-in-law and six fabulous grandsons.

He published his book of poems entitled “Women & Simple Truths” in 1994 and also has a growing line of poetry Bookmarks which are enjoying wide-spread popularity in stores in California, and several other states.

Detroit does workshops on:
“Parenting 101”, Relationships 101 and “The ABCs of Building A Winning Life”

In March 1997 he spent a week at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan at the invitation and sponsorship of the African American Heritage Month Committee where he conducted 17 seminars/workshops on “Building A Winning Life” and “Building Winning Relationships”.
Organizations he has read poetry for include:
The National Council of Negro Women Top Ladies of Distinction
The National Conference of Christians and Jews The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
The Department of Children Services (DCS) Book W.O.R.M.S. Book Club
The Black Directors Network of Mary Kay Cosmetics Recycling Black Dollars
First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME)
Department of Defense Dependent Schools (Okinawa, Japan)
(For readings or workshops he can be reached at
detroit@WisdomAndArt.com or online: WisdomAndArt.com
Mailing Address: D.T. Flanagan Company
3651 S. La Brea Ave. #307
Los Angeles, CA 90016