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.

On this day in 1952: House Un-American Activities Committee meets in Detroit

By: - February 27, 2019

The Rev. Charles A. Hill, Hartford Avenue Baptist Church pastor, on this day in 1952 testified before the U.S. House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in Detroit’s federal building. HUAC was an investigative committee created in 1938 to investigate alleged disloyalty and subversive activities by private citizens, public employees and those organizations suspected of having fascist […]

Tlaib wants ‘real’ Detroit community benefits for Fiat Chrysler deal

By: and - February 26, 2019

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) on Tuesday praised the Fiat Chrysler Automotive-city of Detroit announcement of a new assembly factory to build Jeeps on the city’s lower east side. However, she also wants the community to involved in its planning and benefit from the jobs created.   FCA is expected to invest $1.6 billion to […]

Fiat Chrysler pumping $4.5B into Michigan with new auto plants

By: and - February 26, 2019

Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) on Tuesday announced plans to invest $4.5 billion into manufacturing five plants in and around Detroit, which could result in up to 6,500 new jobs in the region, the automaker says. The planned investments are contingent on negotiating land deals and incentives with the cities of Detroit, Sterling Heights, Warren and […]

On this day in 1809: Education act drafted

By: - February 26, 2019

James Witherell, a member of the Territorial Supreme Court, authored an education act on this day in 1809, according to the Historical Society of Michigan. His effort ultimately helped to establish a compulsory education system for the young territory. Witherell was born in Mansfield, Mass., in 1759. He served in the Continental Army from 1775 […]

Leaders reject white supremacist posters found in Lansing’s Old Town

By: - February 26, 2019

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor has condemned posters with links to a nationally recognized white supremacist group that were found in the Old Town neighborhood last week. They read: “Keep America American. Report any and all illegal aliens. They are criminals.” “The fliers that have shown up in Old Town are not representative of Lansing residents,” […]

Nessel to drop marijuana charges against 4 defendants

By: - February 25, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Monday she will move to dismiss all charges against four defendants in two of the three marijuana cases pending in her office’s criminal division. Nessel also will offer reduced charges pleas to most of the remaining defendants in all three cases. “We are focusing all of our efforts and […]

African-Americans want Whitmer to tackle jobs, health care before roads

By: - February 25, 2019

Michigan African-Americans support Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, but they want her to address job creation and health care before fixing infrastructure. That’s according to a new statewide survey commissioned by the Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus. The poll captures their responses to several questions including how to rate Whitmer’s first 30 days in office; how much she’ll […]

Cobo Center new name game: Detroiters suggest Louis, Parks, Franklin

By: - February 24, 2019

The announcement this week that the Cobo Convention Center would finally get a name change was widely cheered. And now it’s ushered in a spirited debate about what new moniker should be attached to the almost 60-year-old institution. The Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA) on Wednesday awarded the naming rights of 723,000-square-foot Cobo Center […]

SOS forms panel to enact Proposal 3, update election procedures

By: - February 22, 2019

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson this week announced a new Election Modernization Advisory Committee. The panel will advise her administration and the Bureau of Elections on implementing Proposal 3 of 2018 and other election reforms. On Thursday, Benson held a press conference in Flint Township heralding one aspect of Proposal 3: the start of […]

Benson hails start of no-reason, mail-in voting in Michigan

By: - February 21, 2019

Michael Gordon, owner of the Great Lakes Sandwich Company, is a busy guy. “I’m the only employee. I do the dishes,” the Flint Township resident said. “I take the orders. When I gotta leave [work], I don’t make any money. So anything that can keep me from having to miss money to do my civic […]

On this day in 1965: Former Michigander Malcolm X is killed

By: - February 21, 2019

Malcolm X was killed on this day in 1965. The former Lansing, Detroit and Inkster resident was fatally shot by rival Black Muslims while addressing Organization of Afro-American Unity members at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. Born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Neb., in 1925, he was the son of James Earl Little, a […]

Detroit turns page on Cobo, bank to rename convention center

By: - February 20, 2019

The Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA) on Wednesday awarded the naming rights of 723,000-square-foot Cobo Center in Detroit to Chemical Bank. The facility is named for former Detroit Mayor Albert E. Cobo. Many African-Americans have long called for the facility to be renamed, given Cobo’s record of racial discrimination in the city. The Rev. […]