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.

Local group ‘disgusted’ by Lucido photo

By: - August 2, 2021

An organization that has called for the resignation of Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido is “disgusted” by a recent photograph on social media that involves a birthday party fundraiser for him held on Thursday. It shows the GOP official’s right hand on the buttocks of a woman.  “You would think someone with four sexual harassment […]

State reports 2,250 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths since Tuesday

By: - July 30, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 903,933 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19,921 have died from the virus — an additional 2,250 cases and 19 deaths since Tuesday. The state is only reporting COVID-19 data on Tuesdays and Fridays each week. The new numbers […]

On this day in 1999: Pioneering Black radio personality Van Douglas dies

By: - July 30, 2021

Van Douglas, Detroit’s first Black radio star, died at age 84 on July 30, 1999. The native Virginian and Wayne State University graduate enjoyed a pioneering broadcast career that spanned for more than 50 years. Douglas, born Howard Douglas Morison on May 6, 1915, worked as an announcer on WMBC-AM 1400 beginning in 1937 on […]

‘There will never be another Carl Levin’: Michigan’s longest-serving U.S. senator dies at 87

By: - July 30, 2021

Updated, 3:43 p.m., 7/30/21 with comments from President Biden Carl Levin, former Detroit City Council member and U.S. senator, died Thursday at 87. The cause of death is not known. The Levin Center at Wayne State University issued a statement, saying, “With great sadness and heavy hearts, the [center and family] announce the passing of […]

On this day in 1986: Gov. Blanchard declares it ‘Four Tops Day’ in Michigan

By: - July 29, 2021

On July 29, 1986, then-Michigan Gov. James Blanchard declared it “Four Tops Day.” The Democratic governor, who served between 1983 and 1991, honored the legendary Motown Records vocal quartet who hailed from Detroit and helped to define the sound of the 1960s. “A lot of marriages were made with your music,” said Blanchard during a […]

Stabenow, Peters say Selfridge will remain a ‘key’ national security site 

By: - July 28, 2021

Michigan U.S. Sens. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) announced Wednesday that they have secured a commitment from the U.S. Department of Defense that “ensures the military’s commitment to Selfridge Air National Guard Base as a key facility to our national security.”  A letter to them by John Roth, acting United States secretary […]

Whitmer announces affordable housing plan assisting 6K Michiganders

By: - July 28, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced plans in Detroit on Tuesday to make a significant investment in affordable housing that addresses the health, safety and well-being of Michigan residents. The proposal would assist 6,000 Michiganders, produce 2,000 rental housing units, and leverage an additional $380 million in private funding, while creating 1,600 jobs.   “This new housing investment […]

New COVID-19 vaccine lottery winners announced

By: - July 27, 2021

A new set of winners of the “MI Shot to Win” contest were announced at a virtual press conference Tuesday.   The lottery-style raffle for Michiganders vaccinated against COVID-19 is a chance to win more than $5 million in cash and a total of nearly $500,000 in college scholarships. Other states, including Ohio, have announced similar […]

Johnson named state civil rights director, vows to address hate crimes, health care disparities

By: - July 27, 2021

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) on Monday voted unanimously to appoint John Johnson as permanent executive director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) during its two-hour virtual meeting.   The eight-member commission had appointed Johnson to serve as interim executive director at its May 24 meeting. Prior to that, Johnson served as the […]

Health officials carrying out COVID-19 probe after outbreak linked to Faster Horses Festival

By: - July 26, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced that it is working with local public health departments on an investigation of cases of COVID-19 illness associated with the Faster Horses Festival, which was held July 16 to 19 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.  At least 17 cases of COVID-19 have been identified […]

Detroit greenway named for Dennis Archer, former mayor and Mich. Supreme Court justice 

By: - July 16, 2021

Mayor Mike Duggan announced on Friday that he has introduced a resolution to City Council to name Detroit’s latest green space the “Mayor Dennis W. Archer Greenway,” in honor of the former city mayor and Michigan Supreme Court justice. “Mayor Archer deserves to be honored for what he has done for this city,” said Duggan. […]

State police data: More than 1/5 of traffic stops involve Black motorists

By: - July 16, 2021

More than one in every five — 21.5% — of Michigan State Police (MSP) traffic stops in 2020 involved Black motorists — a percentage significantly higher than the African-American population in Michigan that stands at about 14%.   State Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), executive vice chair of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus, was disturbed after reviewing […]