"When I tell others that I am from Detroit, Michigan, they stare at me in disbelief and question me due to its bad reputation. I lived in this city for 21 years and experienced more good times than bad. Detroit is a large community that is full of life, entertainment, and art. It isn't that Detroit doesn't posess problems, but what city doesn't? Detroit is more than gangs, drugs, and violence; it's a place that I call home. Given the chance, anyone can fall in love with it." -Lyanna Hampton
On Kingston series:
This collection of photographs was created in July of 2012 as a part of a series of celebratory events honoring the 25 years of sorority between Grand Valley State University and Kingston University of England. Established in 1986, the exchange program between these two universities has attracted hundreds of students, faculty and staff members. Hambleton states, "This partnership currently offers the most comprehensive curricular options for student, faculty and staff exchanges". Other celebratory events include several welcoming and honoring receptions, concerts and a project called "Bodies in Motion", which will feature live dance performances in both countries.