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Bill naming part of M-10 for Detroit educator awaits Snyder’s pen

By: - December 21, 2018 5:15 am

Ian Conyers at the Lewis College of Business historic marker in Detroit | Ken Coleman

A bill that would rename a portion of the John C. Lodge Freeway (M-10) in Detroit after legendary educator Violet T. Lewis overwhelmingly cleared the Michigan House on Thursday.

The vote was 101-8 and the bill now heads to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk. The Advance reported that Senate Bill 1137, sponsored by state Sen. Ian Conyers (D-Detroit), passed in the Senate earlier this month.

Lewis, an African-American, founded the Lewis College of Business in Indiana in 1929. She moved the school to Detroit in 1941. The institution primarily for women was the only designated historical black college in Michigan. It gave tens of thousands of women the opportunity for career development and advancement.

When asked if Snyder would sign the legislation, spokesman Ari Adler said, “The governor will need to review the legislation before making any decisions, as he does with all bills that come to his desk.”

 

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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.

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