Motown Records founder Berry Gordy honored with award as part of 'Detroit Homecoming' event

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DETROIT — Motown Records founder Berry Gordy has been honored as part of a 3-day conference held to call on former Detroiters to help reshape the city's future.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1u6aizv ) Gordy on Thursday night received the inaugural Detroit Legend award as part of "The Detroit Homecoming."

Motown Records moved to Los Angeles in 1972. Gordy says Detroit gave him "the ability to dream ... and the strength and guts to chase what I believe in." He says the "long, hard fight to build Motown" can serve as inspiration.

Event cofounder Jim Hayes says Gordy "typifies what this city is all about" and they "wanted to honor a very, very distinguished expat." The event examining Detroit's pending emergence from bankruptcy and opportunities arising from it wraps up Friday.


Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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