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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.

State reports 173 new COVID-19 cases, 32 deaths

By: - June 29, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that a total of 894,433 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19,744 have died from the virus — an additional 173 cases and 32 deaths since Monday. The deaths announced include 27 identified during a vital records review, which is provided three times […]

Personal income is up in Michigan and all 50 states, but activists call for more help

By: - June 29, 2021

Maureen Taylor says that there has been “phenomenal temporary” state and federal government COVID-19-related relief, but more systemic action is needed to help Michiganders through tough economic challenges.   “It’s the difference between one box of cereal and two boxes of cereal, you know what I mean?” said Taylor, chair of Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. “But […]

Michigan gets $3.8M in federal cash to help unemployed

By: - June 28, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) have announced $3.8 million in federal funds have been awarded to the state’s Michigan Works! network to provide reemployment services to help eligible unemployed Michigan residents return to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “This $3.8 million investment is yet another boost to […]

State reports 40 new COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths

By: - June 25, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 893,949 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19,707 have died from the virus — an additional 40 cases and 15 deaths since Thursday. DHHS also reports that an additional 105,170 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, […]

On this day in 1958: ‘Soapy’ walks along the Mackinac Bridge

By: - June 25, 2021

Official dedication ceremonies for the newly built Mackinac Bridge began on June 25, 1958. The occasion featured a walk across the five-mile suspension structure led by Gov. G. Mennen “Soapy” Williams, the liberal Democrat who served from 1949 to 1961. At that time, Michigan governors served as many two-year terms as voters were willing to […]

More GOP election bills clear Michigan Senate 

By: - June 24, 2021

The Michigan Senate in bipartisan fashion on Thursday approved more election reform bills. Most are less controversial bills in a 39-bill GOP package, which many Democrats and voter rights groups have called an overall effort to suppress votes, were introduced in March. Since former President Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election, he and other […]

ACLU files discrimination suit against Michigan State Police 

By: - June 23, 2021

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan said on Wednesday that it has filed a federal lawsuit against the Michigan State Police (MSP) on behalf of two African Americans who said that they were racially profiled during a wrongful traffic stop. The incident occurred in August 2019 in Oak Park near the Detroit border. […]

State reports 91 new COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths 

By: - June 22, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that a total of 893,582 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19,662 have died from the virus — an additional 91 cases and 15 deaths since Monday. The deaths announced include eight that were identified during a vital records review, which is carried […]

Whitmer announces plan to expand tuition-free college for 22K more Michiganders 

By: - June 22, 2021

Tonesia Nesbitt, a Wayne County Community College District honors student, on Tuesday offered thanks to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for the opportunity to help her fulfill her career dream.  “I cannot express the bridge of troubled waters that I was facing,” said Nesbitt, a single parent whose daughter was born with multiple medical needs. “Without the […]

Detroit adult-use cannabis ordinance ‘likely unconstitutional,’ judge says

By: - June 22, 2021

A federal judge has suspended a Detroit ordinance that gives preferences to certain residents who want to get into the marijuana business based on years of residency and other factors. In a 19-page opinion, Judge Bernard Friedman granted an injunction stating that the ordinance is “likely unconstitutional.” It comes after the city government created a […]

State reports 162 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths

By: - June 18, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 893,164 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19,612 have died from the virus — an additional 162 cases and 14 deaths since Thursday. DHHS also reports that an additional 104,985 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, […]

Whitmer recognizes state essential workers

By: - June 17, 2021

The last 15 months have been tough for Denise Bonds, a health care worker at Detroit Medical Center. She battled COVID-19 for three weeks during that period and witnessed a co-worker forced to do the same. “We are more than our jobs,” said Bonds on Thursday. “We are human beings…We want to be appreciated for […]