Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and is intricately involved in water rights, digital justice and visionary organizing work. She is the past recipient of the Spirit of Detroit Award, the Woman of Substance Award, the Women Creating Caring Communities Award, the Detroit Awesome Award, the Black Law Student Association's Justice Honoree Award, and was recognized as one of Who’s Who in Black Detroit in 2013 and 2015. Tawana is a board member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, a Data Justice Community Researcher for the Detroit Community Technology Project, a Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL) Fellow, and a member of the The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition.
In addition to Petty’s social justice work and community organizing, she performs, teaches and speaks across the globe. Petty has been a featured guest on various television and radio programs and her work and writings have been presented in numerous publications.
Petty has organized a vast array of social justice initiatives, bringing together thousands to advocate for social and environmental justice while visioning alternatives together.
She is the author of Introducing Honeycomb , Coming Out My Box, and Petty Propolis Reader: My Personal and Political Evolution.