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.

Michigan Senate quickly OKs anti-Whitmer petition

By: - July 15, 2021

The GOP-controlled Michigan Senate on Thursday voted 20-15 to support the Unlock Michigan petition initiative, a measure designed to limit Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive powers to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The right-wing group turned in almost 540,000 signatures in October 2020 to overturn the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act (EPGA), which the governor […]

51 small, rural Michigan hospitals to receive $13M in COVID-19 funding

By: - July 15, 2021

As part of the Biden administration’s effort to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced this week that 51 small, rural Michigan hospitals will share more than $13.1 million to support coronavirus response efforts in their communities. The funds […]

Hamtramck settles Voting Rights Act lawsuit, will provide Bengali language assistance

By: - July 14, 2021

After the Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) sued the city of Hamtramck for violating the federal Voting Rights Act, a court order and consent decree have been issued, calling for the metro Detroit city to provide a more ethnically diverse elections environment.    “I am really happy to hear that this agreement was reached,” […]

‘We’ve got to do better’: Detroit struggles to improve COVID-19 vaccination numbers

By: - July 14, 2021

More than six months after the city of Detroit began offering COVID-19 vaccinations, the percentage of Detroit residents aged 12 and up who have received at least one vaccination dose stands at a staggering 38.1%, significantly lower than the state rate of 62%. Mayor Mike Duggan told the Advance on Friday that he is “disappointed” […]

VP Harris urges Detroiters to get COVID-19 vaccine as city’s rate lags

By: - July 12, 2021

Calling Detroit the “definition of resilience,” Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday urged city residents to be vaccinated during a COVID-19 “We Can Do This” mobilization event in Michigan’s largest city. During her 18-minute presentation, she praised the city’s frontline workers and others for their work in defeating the deadly virus.  “We need to build […]

Michigan Supreme Court again orders state board to certify anti-Whitmer petition

By: - July 9, 2021

The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the Michigan Board of State Canvassers must certify conservative group Unlock Michigan’s petition signatures and move the group’s proposal to the GOP-controlled Legislature, which is expected to adopt it. It is the second time the state high court made the ruling. In June it said that the […]

State reports 672 new COVID-19 cases, 26 deaths since Tuesday 

By: - July 9, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 896,067 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19,801 have died from the virus — an additional 672 cases and 26 deaths since Tuesday. The state is only reporting COVID-19 data on Tuesdays and Fridays each week. The new numbers […]

Judge rejects pro-Trump lawyers’ request to skip sanctions hearing 

By: - July 8, 2021

A federal judge has refused to allow the so-called “Kraken” litigation team to skip an upcoming sanctions order. The matter stems from a court-rejected lawsuit to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The lawyers, which includes pro-Donald Trump  attorney Sidney Powell, must personally attend the proceeding via Zoom.  U.S. District Judge Linda Parker had scheduled a […]

Report: Local GOP leaders continue to push 2020 election conspiracies

By: - July 7, 2021

Updated, 5:41 p.m., 7/7/21 with a response from Senate Republicans The liberal group Progress Michigan released on Wednesday a report detailing how Michigan Republican county-level leaders continue to hang onto conspiracy-laden lies surrounding Michigan’s 2020 election. The report analyzed Facebook posts from dozens of Michigan GOP county organization sites between Nov. 3, 2020, and June […]

More than 1M sign up for Michigan COVID-19 sweepstakes

By: - July 7, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday more than 1 million Michiganders have entered the “MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes,” a lottery-style raffle that gives Michiganders vaccinated against COVID-19 a chance to win more than $5 million in cash and a combined total of nearly $500,000 in college scholarships. “The response by Michiganders to the MI Shot […]

State GOP chair settles payoff complaint for $200K

By: - July 6, 2021

Michigan Republican Party Chair Ron Weiser has agreed to pay $200,000 to resolve a complaint alleging the state party paid a candidate to drop out of the 2018 secretary of state race.  The Michigan Secretary of State’s office has been investigating a February complaint filed by Laura Cox, the immediate past GOP chair, about alleged […]

On this day in 1831: Blackburn slaves escape for freedom

By: - July 3, 2021

On July 3, 1831, Thornton and Lucie Blackburn, Black slaves, bolted from Louisville, Ky., headed for freedom. The couple would arrive nearly 360 miles North in Detroit several weeks later. During their stay in the Motor City, the Blackburns became immersed in the free state of Michigan. That is, until Kentucky authorities trekked North and […]