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Motivation, determination, and the meaning of life came to Detroiter Brenda Perryman early in life. At the tender age of 18, she had been a college freshman all of three weeks when she found herself a passenger in a car that spun out of control on a Michigan highway.

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About Brenda Perryman
Rejoicing in her Womanhood

Motivation, determination, and the meaning of life came to Detroiter Brenda Perryman early in life. At the tender age of 18, she had been a college freshman all of three weeks when she found herself a passenger in a car that spun out of control on a Michigan highway. As she regained consciousness in the trauma ward of a hospital, she listened tearfully as the doctor told her that her back was broken and she was paralyzed from the waist down. She painfully took in the words: “You will not be able to walk again.” Within just a few days of confinement to that hospital bed, Brenda had convinced herself that she would complete her college education and get a degree in fine arts. Moreover, she promised herself that she would walk again despite the doctor’s terrifying verdict. With successful surgery, love, courage, faith, and great determination Brenda beat the overwhelming odds. She walked again.

Brenda also achieved her education goal. She received her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Speech, Dramatic Arts and Education from Eastern Michigan University. During her undergraduate studies, she became a member of a sorority (Alpha Kappa Alpha), where she learned more about commitment, dedication and purpose.

Brenda taught Speech and Drama in the Detroit area at both the secondary and college level for many years before retiring at the top of her game. She has designed programs that utilize drama as a means of informing students about the dangers of Teenage Dating Violence and Conflict Resolution. The Teenage Dating Violence program (into The Light) has been touring to high schools in the metropolitan Detroit area for the past 3 years. She also wrote a toolkit on those issues and gives workshops on developing social issue programs in the schools.

Brenda has enjoyed a successful writing career. Her first book, “Mood Swings and Magic Carpet Rides,” poetically chronicled a love relationship with the theme: “Don’t put the responsibility of your happiness in anyone else’s hands.” Since the debut of “Mood Swings,” Brenda has performed readings and lectures nationally. Her second book, “Moods for You,” delves into phases of the emotional development of women. Her latest book is “Tender Ravings,” an exploration of the diverse emotional paths we take as we grow into our true selves. Brenda performs her poems with in an exciting style that exudes the energy and mood that was intended for each. For seven years Brenda was a columnist for a suburban Detroit newspaper (the Southfield Eccentric). Brenda has been well recognized locally and nationally. She has received several “Spirit of Detroit” Awards, recognition as the local NAACP’s Most Outstanding Member. She was Daimler Chrysler Corporation’s featured poet for the company’s “Spirit in the Words” program, which received The President’s Citation by Poets and Writers Magazine at a ceremony in New York City.

Recently Brenda co-wrote and directed the short film WAGES.  This film highlighted one of the atrocities that befall some American military women as they serve in overseas. She continues to mentor many in the entertainment industry and was the primary casting director for the feature film CornerStore and several other films.

Brenda has also completed the book “She Who Limps is Still Walking.”  This inspirational story deals with her recovery from paralysis and the constant replenishing of her spirit in order to help others realize their personal potential.  Along with the book, Brenda is going to be a part of the upcoming Sapphire Personal Progress Tour. 

Besides performing poetry in her own unique style, Brenda speaks on a number of topics ranging from parenting and arts advocacy to domestic violence and women’s inspirational issues.

Speaking Topics and Workshops:
“Changing the way the wind blows to uncover our Purpose
“Rethinking life over 40”
“Diabetes Awareness”
“Heart Disease Prevention and Us”
“Recovering from Domestic Abuse”
“Keeping your Teen Busy and Out of Trouble”
“Workshops for Teen Girls on Resolving Conflicts”
“Surviving the Teenage Years”
“Interactive Poetry Workshops to heal what ails you”
“Poetry as Catharsis”
“Adapting to a Physical Disability to Live a Full Life”
“No Such Thing As An Empty Nest”
“What Can I Do Just for ME? Now!”
“Leaving Your Footprints (Legacy)”
“You Name It!”