2016 Unsung Hero – Selma Goode


Selma Goode has been a lifelong advocate for social justice, fighting for workers’ rights, interfaith dialogue, and access to health care.  In December of 1965, Selma Goode founded Westside Mothers, one of the first welfare rights advocacy groups in the country, and she is still its coordinator today.  Selma Goode has been and still is involved, as a board member, active participant, or both, with many other social justice organizations, including Jobs with Justice, the Legal Aid and Defender Association, the Michigan Universal Healthcare Access Network, the Jewish Labor Committee, the Interfaith Committee on Worker Justice, Detroit Eviction Defense and the Democratic Socialists of America, to name just a few.  Selma Goode has put herself in harm’s way in the struggle for human rights, having been arrested during civil rights protests in the 1960s as well as during the Detroit newspaper strike of the 1990s. Chances are, if you see NLG green hats at a demonstration, you’ll also see Selma Goode.