Detroit youth sing “Stand, We Got the Power” anthem for local initiative

Students from the Detroit School of Arts choir recorded “Stand, We Got the Power,” an original song created for the My Brother’s Keeper Detroit Initiative. The song urges young men of color to use education to overcome adversity, and was written and produced by M. Ruth Smith, a retired Detroit Public Schools teacher.

“While teaching inner-city students, you become acutely aware of the limited social experiences they have outside of their neighborhood; therefore, in addition to individualized academic instruction to meet their needs, it becomes important to broaden their perspective with wholesome exposure,” said Ms. Smith. “’Stand Up!’ was written to uplift and enlighten youth about the power they have to determine their destiny, with talent, education, and resolve.”

My Brother’s Keeper Detroit (MBK Detroit) is the city’s response to a call from President Barack Obama for communities across the nation to provide greater opportunities for young men of color. Since the President issued the My Brother’s Keeper challenge in February of 2014, a broad base of Detroit community leaders, businesses, and political and social institutions have banded together to help young men of color connect to and thrive in Detroit’s new economy. MBK Detroit has adopted “Stand Up!” as its mantra.

“Stand, We Got the Power” is available for purchase on CD or by download at A portion of proceeds will support local programs for young men of color that drive academic excellence, leadership, and service to the community. Production of the song was made possible by support from the Prevention Network, the Skillman Foundation, and Charles Small of Don Bosco Hall.