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Byline: Desiree Cooper
Jun. 21--Erica Wright, 61, stood proudly before a wall plastered with newspaper articles and graduation pictures of children and alumni of her program.
She is the founder of the Westside Cultural and Athletic Club, a grandiose name for a shoestring program designed to offer the kids of her impoverished, drug-ridden neighborhood constructive alternatives. Wright has operated the program for more than 30 years from a two-story house next to her childhood home on Detroit's west side.
When I visited her earlier this spring, she pointed with pride to the articles. But her pride was mixed with sorrow.
"I have stopped going to funerals," she said, …