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.

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 […]

Princeton project unveils report on improving Michigan redistricting

By: - February 6, 2019

As proceedings are underway in a Detroit federal courtroom to determine whether Michigan’s legislative districts are gerrymandered, a new report looks ahead to more changes in the state’s redistricting process. In November, voters approved Proposal 2, a constitutional amendment establishing an independent commission that will be in change of determining congressional and legislative districts after […]

Could Detroit get its first national park?

By: - February 5, 2019

State Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and Detroit City Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López want the city of Detroit to deed Historic Fort Wayne to the federal government. They’re asking for the landmark to be designated as a national park and their petition has gathered nearly 3,000 signatures in support of the plan. “We launched this […]

AG fights anti-worker rule, removes Michigan from voting, immigration suits

By: - February 5, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a coalition of 25 state chief law enforcement officials in opposing the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) proposal to weaken its joint employer standard. This part of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) governs the status and liability of an employer who oversees a worker with another employer, such […]

Lavora Barnes

Barnes elected MDP’s first Black female chair

By: and - February 3, 2019

Lavora Barnes made history Saturday as she became the first African-American woman to lead the Michigan Democratic Party. “It’s a huge deal,” she said. “I’m trying not to cry, because this is a big deal for me and my mother — the fact Michigan, of all places, has never had a black woman [MDP] chair. […]

AG will offer opinion, but says Legislature should ban LGBTQ discrimination

By: - February 1, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel said during Friday’s Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) meeting in Detroit that she’s fully prepared to offer an opinion on if LGBTQ people are included in the state’s non-discrimination act. The MCRC voted last year that the word “sex” in the 1977 landmark Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act does includes sexual orientation […]

Gilchrist visits Detroit homeless shelter during frigid weather

By: - January 31, 2019

Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist today visited a westside Detroit Rescue Mission center that provides food, shelter and other services to the city’s homeless population. He met with the nonprofit’s staff and served lunch to about two dozen men who are seeking to stay warm during today’s frigid weather. “These are the coldest wind chills […]