Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty

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Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She is the founder and director of Petty Propolis, where she gets to grow through organizing transformative art and education initiatives, including an annual Art Festival & Artist Retreat in Historic Idlewild, Michigan. Honeycomb is a four-time author and co-founder of Riverwise Magazine, the Director of Data Justice Programming for the Detroit Community Technology Project, 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.

Honeycomb recently co-authored, with her Our Data Bodies Project (ODB) comrades, the Digital Defense Playbook: Community Power Tools for Reclaiming Data, following three years of building upon community gatherings, workshops and one-on-one interviews across three cities. Honeycomb has been widely recognized for her social justice contributions. 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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