Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.

Whitmer stresses ‘stark differences’ with Dixon on abortion rights, 2020 election

By: - August 4, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday addressed her GOP opponent, Tudor Dixon, and right-wing attacks on abortion rights during a campaign rally held at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.  Dixon, a right-wing commentator, on Tuesday won the state Republican gubernatorial nomination. Michigan has only had two female governors: Whitmer and fellow Democrat […]

SOS Benson: Nearly 2M voted in ‘smooth’ Tuesday primary

By: and - August 3, 2022

In a press conference shortly after polls closed Tuesday night, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson called Tuesday’s primary election “among the most secure and safe in the nation” as results continued to roll in. With all but one Michigan county reporting results Wednesday afternoon, unofficial returns show that about 1 million Michiganders voted on the […]

Updated: Thanedar wins open 13th Congressional District Dem nomination

By: - August 3, 2022

Updated, 8:40 a.m., 8/3/22, with Hollier’s concession State Rep. Shri Thanedar (D-Detroit) has won the Michigan’s 13th District Democratic Party primary over several well-known African-American candidates.  As of 8:14 a.m. Wednesday, Thanedar has 28.3%, with 68% reporting, according to unofficial returns. He is followed by state Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit) with 23.5% and Portia Roberson, […]

Tlaib beats back another primary challenge, looks likely to return to Congress

By: - August 3, 2022

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) on Tuesday scored a decisive victory in Michigan’s new 12th Congressional District Democratic Party primary.     Tlaib leads other Democratic candidates in the race: Lathrup Village Mayor Kelly Garrett; Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey; and former state House member Shanelle Jackson of Detroit. The Associated Press and other analysts declared Tlaib […]

Hackel hasn’t endorsed fellow Democrat Whitmer, says they ‘are having conversations’

By: - July 28, 2022

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said on Thursday that he voted early but did not reveal who he voted for in the Tuesday gubernatorial primary election. He also said that has not endorsed Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer but that the two are “having conversations.”  “I know that I voted for Mark Hackel for county executive,” […]

Social justice coalition fights utility rate hike requests

By: - July 28, 2022

The Defend Black Voters Coalition during a public meeting in Detroit on Wednesday called for the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to reject energy rate increases for two utilities.  The action came as MPSC considered a request for leading utility companies DTE and Consumers Energy to secure rate increases of 9% and 7%, respectively. The […]

Detroit mayor: 2020 U.S. Census effort carried out ‘systemic racism’

By: - July 26, 2022

During a U.S. Senate field hearing held at Wayne County Community College on Monday, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan charged that the federal government engaged in “systemic racism” during the GOP Trump administration-led 2020 U.S. Census process. He argued that Detroit has been undercounted by 50,000 people and continued his call for a wide-ranging appeal. “It […]

Nessel urges U.S. Supreme Court not to ‘weaken’ Voting Rights Act in Alabama redistricting case

By: - July 22, 2022

Attorney General Dana Nessel said on Friday that she has joined a coalition of 21 Democratic attorneys general urging the U.S. Supreme Court “not to undo four decades of legal precedent that protects the voting power of minority communities.” In a brief filed in Merrill v. Milligan, the attorneys general argue that the nation’s high […]

Jill Biden during Detroit school visit: ‘See how far we’ve come since March two years ago’

By: - July 21, 2022

First lady Jill Biden on Thursday touted a set of summer enrichment classes carried out at Schulze Academy for Technology and Arts on Detroit’s northwest side. Biden, a career college English professor, thanked the state’s largest school district and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for their local and state efforts to support public school education, particularly […]

Ann Arbor mayor, Wayne Co. Commission call on Blue Cross to defund ‘Big Lie’ backers

By: - July 19, 2022

Updated, 3:03 p.m., 7/19/22, with a statement from Blue Cross A Michigan mayor is urging Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) to stop providing financial support to politicians who have voted to support measures that some say disenfranchise voters of color in the state.  “I have a difficult time understanding how you can lead […]

On this day in 1934: Bledsoe becomes first Black Michigander to serve as assistant attorney general

By: - July 19, 2022

On July 19, 1934, Harold Bledsoe of Detroit was appointed as an assistant state attorney general by Democratic Gov. William Comstock. Bledsoe was the first African American to serve in the post. Bledsoe was born in 1896 in Marshall, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I and later became a leading […]

Detroit court, ACLU settle cash bail suit

By: - July 12, 2022

Michigan’s largest district court and social justice advocates announced on Tuesday that they have settled a federal class-action lawsuit over cash bail practices, which activists say routinely and unconstitutionally jail poor and working-class defendants despite evidence of their inability to pay. Detroit’s 36th District Court, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Bail Project, […]