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.

Detroit nonprofit vows to continue fight against ‘illegal’ tax foreclosures

By: - January 30, 2019

It was a living nightmare. “We were stuck in the dark,” Sonja Bonnett recalls. “We were losing our home. We didn’t know how to tell our kids that. We woke up every morning with that heaviness on our minds, trying to figure out how we were going to do this.”   The 38-year-old wife and […]

Whitmer declares state of emergency due to ‘extreme’ weather

By: - January 29, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a formal order declaring a state of emergency in Michigan. The measure, which she said she will file Tuesday morning with the Secretary of State, is designed to help address threats to public health and safety related to the extreme winter weather conditions across forecast for Michigan’s 83 counties over […]

Engler’s 1991 tax cut: ‘Robin Hood in reverse’

By: - January 29, 2019

When Gov. John Engler offered his first tax cut proposal to the Michigan Legislature on this day in 1991 — which chopped $4.2 billion over three years — one prominent House Democrat called out the conservative Republican.   State Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor) said at the time: “It is a Robin Hood in reverse […]

AG could weigh in on Elliott-Larsen, but GOP leader doesn’t favor adding LGBTQs

By: and - January 25, 2019

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) will consider asking Attorney General Dana Nessel to review an opinion of her predecessor, Bill Schuette, to decide whether the term “sex” in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act includes sexual orientation and gender identity. This comes on the same day that House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) said on “Off […]

MSU study: Michigan school funding lower now than 25 years ago

By: - January 24, 2019

Some 25 years after Michigan dramatically changed how it funds its public schools, a new study suggests that financial investment has declined more sharply here than in any other state. A Michigan State University report found that after adjusting for inflation, Michigan’s education funding in 2015 was only “82 percent of what it was in […]

Activists sue to remove marijuana as controlled substance

By: - January 24, 2019

A group of pro-cannabis groups and legendary poet John Sinclair have sued the Michigan Board of Pharmacy and its chair, Nichole Cover, seeking to remove the body’s continued listing of marijuana as a controlled substance under state law. Under Michigan law, the Board of Pharmacy is charged with the duty to regulate, control and inspect […]

AG to weigh in on another GOP Lame Duck law

By: and - January 23, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel “welcomes” the opinion request from Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson that challenges the legality of the newly established law limiting ballot petition drives, Public Act 608 of 2018. “Restricting the right of Michiganders to participate in the political process is a serious subject matter,” said Nessel, a Democrat. “PA 608 […]

Workers struggle without paychecks as government shutdown hits day 32

By: - January 22, 2019

Sarah, a federal employee who didn’t want to give her last name or the agency where she works, talked to the Michigan Advance on Tuesday about taking a job at a local Denny’s just to help make ends meet. She’s one of more than 5,000 Michigan workers who are missing paychecks during the partial federal […]

Benson reflects on legacies of Richard Austin and MLK

By: - January 21, 2019

Prior to being elected secretary of state last year, Jocelyn Benson had a long career dedicated to both civil right and voting rights. A former intern and researcher with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Benson has served on the board of the organization dedicated to tracking extremist groups and “fighting hate and bigotry and to […]

Photo gallery: Scenes from the Women’s March

By: - January 20, 2019

Women’s March events were held over the weekend for the third straight year in Michigan, including Grand Rapids, Detroit, East Lansing, Saugatuck/Douglas and Holland. Those at the Grand Rapids event had a scare when a car drove into the crowd, FOX-17 TV reported. Advance reporter Ken Coleman was at the snowy Detroit rally on Saturday and […]

Women’s March draws more than 1,000 in Detroit despite controversy

By: - January 19, 2019

More than 1,000 people braved snowy conditions and attended today Women’s March at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. “This freedom that we have is not free. It was fought for. It was cried over. It was prayed for by someone for you. The cost of that freedom is this movement and […]

Benson: Michigan’s team of female executives is a ‘win-win’

By: - January 18, 2019

As the first Democrat to serve as Michigan Secretary of State in almost 25 years, Jocelyn Benson is also part of a brand-new leadership team in the state. Michigan is the only state in the country with women in top four leadership posts: Benson, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel and Chief Justice Bridget […]