Mayor Duggan to award Detroit Youth Choir key to city

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News
Mayor Mike Duggan left presents a certificate to Choir Director Anthony White of the Detroit Youth Choir earlier this year.

The Detroit Youth Choir will join a small group of music icons Friday when Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan awards the group a key to the city.

Duggan will give the group and its director Anthony White a key as part of the homecoming celebration on Friday to honor the choir after its dazzling run on "America's Got Talent." The 52-member choir came in second, behind winner Kodi Lee.

Duggan has only given away a key to the city six times during his five-year tenure in office. He also awarded keys to Big Sean, Berry Gordy, Aretha Franklin, the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and Lily Tomlin.  

"The Detroit Youth Choir represented Detroit so beautifully, they deserve the highest form of recognition our city can offer," said Mayor Mike Duggan in a press release. They won the heart of America, and now they will have the key to our city.”

The homecoming celebration for the choir begins at 4 p.m. in Campus Martius Park. It's free and open to the public.