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.

After being snubbed by Trump, will James run for Senate again?

By: - March 1, 2019

John James, a rising GOP star who lost to U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) last year, stayed mum about his political future while appearing at the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Policy Conference in Detroit on Thursday. After CNN reported James was the “the frontrunner” for United Nations ambassador, President Donald Trump last month instead […]

Whitmer reveals ‘centerpiece’ of 2020 budget plan

By: - February 28, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said closing the skills gap and fixing infrastructure will be the primary themes when she delivers her first budget plan to the Legislature on Tuesday. She made that comment to reporters on Thursday after speaking during the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Policy Conference in Detroit, where she discussed her vision for […]

Michigan moves closer to naming highway stretch for Aretha Franklin

By: - February 28, 2019

The Michigan House Transportation Committee this week unanimously approved HB 4060, sponsored by state Rep. Leslie Love (D-Detroit), which would designate a portion of M-10 in Detroit the Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway. Although Franklin was born in Memphis, Tenn., she and her family moved to Detroit in 1946 and the Motor City is where […]

For Detroit autoworker, Fiat Chrysler deal is personal

By: - February 27, 2019

Fred Borden used ride his bike, toss rocks and play football on the largely vacant land where Fiat Chrysler Automotive plans to build the first auto plant in Detroit in almost three decades. “A lot of families were struggling back then,” recalls Borden, who now works for FCA. “Unless your parents had a job at […]

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 […]