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'Pretty Brown Girl' program coming to Detroit rec center

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DETROIT – An international business that got its start in Detroit is expanding its goal of empowering young girls.

Pretty Brown Girl was founded five years ago by Sheri Crawley and her husband.

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"My daughter was the only African-American girl in her kindergarten class and I could immediately see her self-esteem start to dwindle," Crawley said. "It was my husband that started to address them with the affirmation ‘pretty brown girl' and a light bulb went off. It started with the dolls and products and the organization followed."

There are 100 PBG girls across the U.S. and internationally and a K-12 after school curriculum.

Starting Oct. 3, the program will be available at Adams Butzel Family Recreation Center on Detroit's west side for all girls in the community who are between 6 and 8 years old.

The classes will be every Saturday for 20 weeks. There is a small fee that works out to be about $2 a class.

The rec center is located at 10500 Lyndon.

To register, call the rec center Tuesday – Friday between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m.: 313-628-0990.