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 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 […]

Benson, activists blast GOP election bills 

By: - July 2, 2021

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Detroit-area activists on Thursday continued to blast a set of state Senate GOP-sponsored bills voter suppression.   “The truth is these bills aren’t designed to increase election security; they’re designed to decrease turnout,” said Benson, a Democrat, at the meeting hosted by We The People Michigan, Michigan People’s Campaign […]

‘It’s unbelievable’: Michiganders chide GOP lawmakers for leaving without passing emergency flood relief

By: and - July 1, 2021

Greg Bowens, a Grosse Pointe Park resident, has spent much of the last several days in his basement trying to drain out water and sift through damaged belongings. Bowens is just one of many Michiganders attempting to recover from historic rainfall that hit parts of the state last Friday and early Saturday. The flooding hit […]

State to offer cash for COVID-19 vaccinations 

By: - July 1, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday announced that the state will offer a lottery-style raffle designed to give Michiganders who have gotten vaccinated against COVID-19 a chance to win $5 million in cash and a combined total of nearly $500,000 in college scholarships.     The “MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes” is open to residents aged 18 and […]

GOP senator doubles down on voter ID measure 

By: - June 30, 2021

The Michigan Senate on Wednesday did not advance additional GOP-sponsored election bills, as some Democrats expected, but a Republican lawmaker made the case for a photo ID requirement for voting and having a signature on file at the polling station.  “I think the most positive means of proving your identity is through your photo ID. […]

State reports 195 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths 

By: - June 30, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 894,628 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19,748 have died from the virus — an additional 195 cases and four deaths since Tuesday. DHHS also reports that an additional 105,391 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, […]