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.

ACLU: Ballot measure limit law unconstitutional, ‘squelches’ speech

By: - February 14, 2019

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan says a new law restricting the ballot initiative process is unconstitutional and will result in citizens’ speech being “squelched.” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has already requested that Attorney General Dana Nessel consider the constitutionality of the law. The ACLU was asked to weigh in and did […]

On this day in 1963: Romney helps Detroit’s Olympics bid

By: - February 14, 2019

On this day in 1963, Gov. George Romney formed a five-person finance committee to find money to construct an Olympic Stadium complex on the Michigan State Fairgrounds. The idea was designed to strengthen Detroit’s bid to host the 1968 Summer Olympic Games. The committee included Chair Donald Valley, president of the National Bank of Detroit; […]

Detroit’s first Black teacher died on this day in 1922

By: - February 13, 2019

Fannie Richards, the city’s first Black public school teacher, died on this day in 1922. She was 81 years old. Richards was born on October 1, 1840, to free parents in Fredericksburg, Va. As a child, she moved with her parents to Toronto, Canada, where she was educated. In 1863, Richards opened a private school for […]

Civil asset forfeiture bill clears Senate

By: - February 13, 2019

Legislation requiring a conviction before law enforcement officials could seize money, cars or other property passed the Senate on Wednesday by a bipartisan 36-2 vote. State Sens. Kim LaSata (R-Bainbridge Twp.) and Paul Wojno (D-Warren) voted no. The bicameral commitment to reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture process has been one of the earliest hopes […]

Biden remembers ‘amazing soul’ of John Dingell as hundreds mourn

By: - February 12, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden remembered his friend, the late John Dingell Jr., as an “amazing soul” and “a master” during a 90-minute public mass held Tuesday in Dearborn. “There are only a few who I looked up to and admired what they did. … John Dingell was the man,” said Biden at a service […]

How 25 years of charter schools have changed Detroit

By: - February 12, 2019

Charter schools have been a part of Michigan’s educational landscape for the last quarter-century. While they still inspire intense debate to this day, there’s no doubt that charters have had a significant impact in the state, particularly in Detroit. It was 1994 when charters first came on the scene in Michigan. A lot has changed […]

Ulbrich: Some charter authorizers are ‘cashing in and making tons of money’

By: - February 12, 2019

The State Board of Education has hit the ground running this year, launching a search for a new state superintendent of public instruction and hiring Ray & Associates. Interim leader Sheila Alles, who had served as chief deputy superintendent, replaced the late Brian Whiston, who died last year after a bout with cancer.    In […]

On this day in 1965: Feds seek Dearborn mayor after racist mob attack

By: - February 12, 2019

U.S. marshals sought to arrest segregationist Dearborn Mayor Orville Hubbard on this day in 1965 for failing to show up for an arraignment. The charge: Hubbard, who was white, withheld police protection in a racial incident, according to the feds. The incident occurred on Labor Day 1963 after a mob was enraged by false rumors […]

Metro Detroit leaders offer Whitmer advice before 1st State of the State

By: - February 11, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will deliver her first State of the State message on Tuesday at the state Capitol. Expectations are always high for a governor’s first address, which will be televised at 7 p.m. Both chambers of the Legislature will attend. The Advance talked to civic and political leaders in Southeast Michigan about issues they […]

Whitmer tells feds she wants changes to Medicaid work requirements

By: - February 8, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday notified the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that she plans to work with state lawmakers on changes to new work requirements for the state’s Healthy Michigan plan. That comes after a new report was released this week showing almost 200,000 Michiganders could lose health coverage as a result […]

Rep. John Dingell

John Dingell, longest-serving member of Congress in history, dies at 92

By: and - February 8, 2019

Updated, 12:30 a.m. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history, has died. He was 92. Dingell recently entered hospice care after being diagnosed with prostate cancer a year ago. He suffered a heart attack in September 2018. His wife, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), did not attend the State of the Union […]

Black nonprofit to celebrate ‘shared history’ at awards gala

By: - February 7, 2019

A nonprofit group is slated to hold an event honoring Michigan African-American leaders in honor of Black History Month. Last year, now-Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist was awarded with the the African-American Leadership Institute’s “Great Expectations Award.” This year’s gala is on Friday, Feb. 22 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in […]