Kevin Carey, a revolutionary activist and member of the Detroit branch of Workers World Party for over 30 years, died June 10 at the age of 57. He succumbed to complications from diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and other maladies that the poorest and most oppressed in this society are subject to disproportionately.
Kevin was a graduate of Wayne State University and did postgraduate studies at the University of Michigan Dearborn and the University of Detroit. He worked as a substitute teacher in the Detroit Public Schools until his position was eliminated in the cutbacks imposed by the emergency manager.
Despite years living in poverty and struggling to survive, Kevin was a dedicated activist his entire life, fighting for the rights of the working class and especially the African-American community. He was proud of his family background and that his father was one of the first African-American doctors in the city. Kevin talked often of how his family rooted him in African-American history and Pan-Africanism.
A memorial tribute to Comrade Kevin will take place on Saturday, July 13, at 2 p.m., at the Detroit WWP building, 5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48202.
Pictured above: Kevin Carey speaks at Southern Africa Freedom Day forum, Detroit, 1988. Seated are representatives of the African National Congress.