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.

Kildee lands on powerful Ways and Means Committee

By: - January 10, 2019

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) has been selected to serve on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. “We need to have a tax code that grows the middle class, fair trade deals that benefit workers and affordable health care for all Americans,” Kildee said in a statement. “My position on the Ways and Means […]

Women lead 4 top Michigan offices as McCormack elected chief justice

By: - January 9, 2019

The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously elected Bridget McCormack to serve a two-year term as chief justice. She succeeds Stephen Markman and becomes only the sixth woman to serve in the post.   “Michigan’s courts must be accessible to all, engaged with the communities they serve, independent of political pressure and efficient in making […]

‘Nobody convinced anybody’: Michigan leaders react to Trump shutdown speech

By: - January 9, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump gave a nationally televised address Tuesday night centering on a stalemate over his border wall proposal and the partial federal government shutdown. “This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice,” Trump said. “This is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve.”   […]

Tlaib, workers talk impact of federal government shutdown

By: - January 8, 2019

As long as the current partial federal government shutdown continues, Hodari Brown says his home mortgage is in jeopardy. “I haven’t been paid since December,” the Redford and federal government employee said Tuesday morning. “I also help to assist my parents.” Brown, a military veteran, joined U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) as the first-term Capitol […]

Whitmer signs directive barring LGBT discrimination

By: - January 7, 2019

Jeynce Poindexter fought back tears this morning. The Equality Michigan transgender specialist and victim advocate witnessed Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivering on a campaign promise. She signed an executive directive designed to protect state employees from sexual orientation-related discrimination. “There are no protections for people like me,” Poindexter said. “If my manager or landlord does […]

Peters staffer becomes 3rd Black legislative director in U.S. Senate*

By: - January 7, 2019

Updated, 4:30 p.m. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) has promoted Zephranie Buetow to a top policy position in his Capitol Hill office. Buetow has served as deputy legislative director and counsel for Peters. Prior to joining his staff in 2015, she worked for former U.S. Sen Mary Landrieu (D-La.). She becomes one of only […]

Tlaib declares Dems will impeach Trump

By: - January 4, 2019

Updated, 11:20 a.m.  Hours after she was sworn in on Capitol Hill, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) wasted no time in voicing her intention regarding President Donald Trump. The Democrat who hails from southwest Detroit during an event for the progressive group in Washington, D.C., reportedly declared: “We’re gonna impeach the motherfucker!” Raucous reception for […]

O’Brien lost Senate seat, but will stay on in new role

By: - January 4, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) today announced he has appointed former state Sen. Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage) as secretary of the Senate. “Margaret brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience as a former legislator,” said Shirkey. “Her roles as assistant president pro tempore in the Senate and associate speaker pro tempore in the […]

James backs Cox for Michigan GOP chair

By: - January 3, 2019

Former state Rep. Laura Cox (R-Livonia) has scored another big-time endorsement in her effort to become Michigan Republican Party chair: John James. James, a GOP 2018 U.S. Senate candidate who fared better against incumbent Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) than many political observers expected, said Cox will reach out to young voters and people of color. “I’m […]

Barrier breaker: When Wharton was named MSU president

By: - January 2, 2019

Clifford Wharton Jr. officially assumed the presidency of Michigan State University on this day in 1970. He was the first African-American to lead a major American university. The Boston, Mass., native, who entered Harvard University at age 16, also became the first Black man to earn a master’s degree in international affairs from the Paul […]

Gilchrist: ‘Exciting and humbling’ to be Michigan’s first African-American LG

By: - December 28, 2018

On Jan. 1, Garlin Gilchrist II will make history when he is sworn as Michigan’s first African-American lieutenant governor. Gilchrist spoke with the Michigan Advance this morning in one of his first in-depth interviews since the Nov. 6 election and said his history-making role is both an “exciting and humbling opportunity.” The 36-year-old Detroit native […]

In final days, Snyder issues LGBTQ rights executive directive

By: and - December 28, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder, who leaves office next week, announced today he signed an executive directive instructing all state agencies and departments not to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity in procurement, grant and loan programs. “Michigan’s continued reinvention and economic growth depend on talented individuals choosing to live and work here,” said Snyder, […]