Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman writes about Southeast Michigan, history 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.

Train workers continue to rail against labor contract 

By: - December 13, 2022

About 60 freight rail workers rallied in Royal Oak on Tuesday in an effort to push back on a federal government-backed workforce agreement that did not include paid sick days.    “We refuse to take what occurred on Dec. 1 and 2 with silence and complacency after the railroads refused to negotiate in good faith and […]

Patrick Lyoya’s family files $100 million lawsuit against city of Grand Rapids, former officer

By: - December 7, 2022

Civil rights attorneys Ben Crump and Ven Johnson, representatives for the family of Patrick Lyoya, the Black motorist who was killed by a Grand Rapids police officer in April, announced in Detroit on Wednesday that they have filed a $100 million civil lawsuit in federal court against the city of Grand Rapids and former police […]

State House OKs measure to replace Lewis Cass with Coleman A. Young at U.S. Capitol

By: - December 7, 2022

The Michigan House on Tuesday passed a resolution that would replace a statue of former Michigan Gov. Lewis Cass inside the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. The resolution was introduced by state Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit,) and called for replacing the statue of Cass with Coleman A. Young, Detroit’s first Black mayor. Young, a former […]

Outgoing state Rep. Cynthia Johnson: ‘There are some of you in this room who owe me an apology’

By: - December 7, 2022

Two outgoing Black Democratic women from metro Detroit offered vastly different farewell speeches on Tuesday. Consistent with the end of session tradition, 27 members, Democrats and Republicans, reflected on their tenure in the Legislature’s lower chamber. Rep. Kyra Harris Bolden (D-Southfield) was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last month. Bolden, […]

On this day in 1870: Susan B. Anthony rallies in Detroit for women’s right to vote 

By: - November 29, 2022

On Nov. 29, 1870, Susan B. Anthony demanded the right to vote for women during a visit to Detroit.  Anthony, who was born on Feb. 15, 1820, in Adams, Mass., spoke during the Northwestern Women’s Suffrage Association assembly.  After her presentation, the assembly adopted a resolution that read, in part, “That under a republican government […]

Wayne County board certifies Nov. 8 election results

By: - November 23, 2022

The Wayne County Board of Canvassers on Tuesday unanimously approved the Nov. 8 general election results. Wayne is one of 83 counties in Michigan where results are certified.  The board consists of two Democrats and two Republicans who are nominated by local political party organizations. Richard Preuss and James Britton are the Wayne County Democrats. […]

Lawrence interested in USPS post, toasts Jeffries as a consensus-builder among Dems

By: - November 18, 2022

Retiring U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) told the Advance on Thursday that she supports U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) as U.S. House minority leader and she’s interested in a U.S. Postal Service appointment.  The news comes after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the first woman in history to hold the gavel, announced Thursday she […]

Jemele Hill bucks the conventional wisdom that ‘politics and sports don’t mix’

By: - November 17, 2022

During a public interview session at the Detroit Public Library this week, former ESPN SportsCenter co-host Jemele Hill, who’s now a magazine writer and podcaster, said that sports and politics have a natural tie.  “There are some people who say, ‘politics and sports don’t mix.’ … To me, everything is politics,” said Hill, a Detroit […]

Rep. McClain seeks GOP caucus post 

By: - November 14, 2022

Freshman U.S.Rep. Lisa McClain (R-Bruce Twp.) has reached out to her GOP colleagues asking for their support in the race for conference secretary, according to a letter obtained by Politico. She told colleagues on Friday she has support from the majority of the caucus, Politico reported. Reps. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.) and  Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) also […]

Dingell seeks U.S. House Democratic leadership post 

By: - November 10, 2022

Although it’s not clear which party will control the House next term after Tuesday’s election, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Ann Arbor) is vying for the Democratic Caucus vice chair position.  “I am running because our Caucus needs a unifying voice at the leadership table who speaks for the working families who feel left behind, a […]

Michigan voters OK abortion, voting rights and term limits proposals 

By: - November 9, 2022

Updated, 8:47 a.m. with comments from Right to Life of Michigan The three statewide measures on Tuesday’s midterm ballot have gotten the stamp of approval by Michigan voters. The constitutional amendments will change term limits, protect abortion rights and expand voting rights. Exit polls showed that abortion was the top issue for voters in Michigan. […]

Whitmer pledges to continue bipartisan effort even after Dems win Legislature, Dixon concedes

By: - November 9, 2022

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pledged to continue to lead in a bipartisan fashion during a 15-minute address to reporters, family members, state elected officials, and campaign staff on Wednesday after being elected to a second term. “This victory reminds us all that our governor’s office does not belong to any person or political party. It […]