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 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.

Abortion rights officials from across the nation canvass in Detroit for Proposal 3 

By: - October 6, 2022

They came. They rallied. They organized.  Planned Parenthood leaders from several states met in Detroit Thursday and canvassed a city neighborhood in support of Proposal 3, a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 8 ballot that would enshrine abortion rights in Michigan’s Constitution.  Kersha Deibel, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio chief executive officer, attended the effort.  […]

On this day in 1975: Detroit’s first Black teacher is honored by historic committee

By: - October 5, 2022

On this day in 1975, a ceremony was hosted by the Black Historic Sites Committee to celebrate the unveiling of the Fannie Richards Michigan Historical Marker. In 1871, Richards became Detroit Public Schools’ first Black teacher. Richards had been born in Fredericksburg, Va., in 1840. In 1869, the African-American Second Baptist Church member was appointed […]

Nessel, Dingell lead U of M rally backing abortion and voting rights ballot proposals

By: - October 4, 2022

Elected officials and activists on Monday rallied for reproductive freedom and voting rights measures that are on the Nov. 8 ballot during an event at the Diag on University of Michigan campus. “We have to vote yes on Proposal 3,” said state Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat who is vying for re-election in November […]

After delays, Detroit reopens recreational marijuana license process

By: - September 29, 2022

Nearly four years after the recreational use of marijuana was approved by state voters, the city of Detroit — after fits and starts — has re-opened its application process for the first phase of capped recreational marijuana licenses.  “We are going to make sure there is equity in this process for Detroiters,” said Mayor Mike […]

Statue of late Tuskegee Airman Alexander Jefferson commissioned in Detroit

By: - September 29, 2022

A local panel has chosen the artist to create the Detroit statue of the late Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson.  It will anchor the plaza also named for the African-American war hero at Rouge Park. Jefferson, longtime city resident, died in June at age 100.  Austen Brantley, a self-taught, Detroit ceramic sculptor was chosen […]

Foley says book industry marginalizes Black, queer people like him 

By: - September 26, 2022

Author and journalist Aaron Foley on Saturday said at a Banned Book Week event that the publishing industry too often ignores the Black queer community in America.  “When it comes to writing about queer things and queer books, the industry will push a couple of white authors and say, ‘Well, here’s all your gay books.’ […]

Michigan's Supreme Court

With the balance of power on the line, Supreme Court candidates clash on judicial philosophy

By: - September 22, 2022

During a Wednesday candidate forum, five candidates for the Michigan Supreme Court differed on whether previously elected officeholders should serve on the body and judicial philosophy. Political parties nominate candidates, although their political affiliation is not listed on the ballot. The candidates are vying on Nov. 8 for two spots with eight-year terms on the […]

Young activists power National Voter Registration Day efforts in Southeast Michigan

By: - September 21, 2022

Bilal Hammoud, 26, is a Dearborn Heights resident who was part of a national voter registration drive on Tuesday. He said that the effort has momentum and is “vital.”  “Across the board in Michigan, it is critical that we are getting our citizens more involved — and the fundamental way to do that is and […]

On this day in 1918: Detroit physician and museum founder Charles H. Wright is born 

By: - September 20, 2022

On Sept. 20, 1918, Charles Howard Wright was born in Dothan, Ala., located on the state’s southeastern corner not far from its border with Georgia and Florida. Before becoming a Michigander during the 1940s, Wright, who was African American, attended Southeast Alabama High School and Alabama State College, graduating from each institution in 1935 and […]

Officials look to ‘fill in the ditch’ that helped displace Black Detroiters with $105M project

By: - September 15, 2022

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Thursday during a news conference in Detroit that “wealth that needs to be created will be created” as he helped to outline plans to reimage a federal highway that displaced a historic Black community during the 1950s and 1960s.    “We know that some of the planners and politicians behind […]

Biden says Republicans ‘want a national ban on abortion’

By: and - September 14, 2022

President Joe Biden followed up his visit Wednesday to the North American International Auto Show with a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Detroit. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer thanked him for making the trip. “We know he’s a car guy, but he didn’t have to be here,” she said, per a White House pool report. The president […]

At Detroit auto show, Biden praises American workers, progress on climate crisis 

By: - September 14, 2022

President Joe Biden touted the emerging electric vehicle market during a nearly three-hour visit to the North American International Auto Show on Wednesday at Huntington Place.  Biden’s visit included a tour of the showroom floor and 30-minute rally that was packed with area union workers and elected officials. “We’re choosing to build a better America, […]