History

Stevens drubs Levin in the 11th Congressional Dem primary

BY: and - August 3, 2022

In Michigan’s 11th Congressional District Democratic primary, U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Waterford Twp.) prevailed Tuesday over fellow Rep. Andy Levin of Bloomfield Township after both incumbents decided to run in the same Oakland County-based district.  The newly drawn 11th District sits in Democratic territory and includes parts of Pontiac, West Bloomfield, Farmington Hills and Troy. […]

On this day in 1934: Bledsoe becomes first Black Michigander to serve as assistant attorney general

BY: - July 19, 2022

On July 19, 1934, Harold Bledsoe of Detroit was appointed as an assistant state attorney general by Democratic Gov. William Comstock. Bledsoe was the first African American to serve in the post. Bledsoe was born in 1896 in Marshall, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I and later became a leading […]

How Michigan legislators and leaders are combating AAPI hate through education and activism

BY: - July 18, 2022

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have increasingly faced discrimination as a scapegoat for the coronavirus as leaders like former president Donald Trump spread racist and xenophobic sentiments, referring to COVID-19 as the “China virus.” Meanwhile, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have disproportionately faced the effects of the coronavirus. The […]

Metro Detroit honors late Tuskegee Airman Alexander Jefferson

BY: - July 8, 2022

Gloria Page could not fight back tears Thursday as she viewed the body of Tuskegee Airman Alexander Jefferson. She said his World War II service was part of our “heritage and legacy.” “I learned about the Tuskegee Airmen and heard personally about his experience,” the 74-year-old Howard University and Detroit resident told the Advance. “I […]

Detroit City Council sets up reparations task force

BY: - July 6, 2022

After 80% of Detroit voters approved a measure last fall setting up a 13-person task force to study and address the issue of reparations, the Detroit City Council on Tuesday took the next step.  The resolution, which passed unanimously, sets up a four-member executive committee of the task force consisting of a chair and three […]

On this day in 1943: Detroit leader renews call for hiring Black women defense workers amid strife

BY: - July 6, 2022

After white workers at Detroit’s Packard Motor Co. plant were suspended after leading a strike — which centered on their refusal to work with Blacks — Rosa Slade Gragg on July 6, 1943, renewed her call to businesses to hire Black women to help support the World War II defense effort.  Gragg, an African-American Detroit […]

COMMENTARY

A Republic, if we can keep it: Now is not the time for despair, but renewed and relentless action

BY: - July 4, 2022

Most of us have heard the tale: As Benjamin Franklin walked out of Independence Hall after the Constitutional Convention in 1787, someone shouted out, “Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” Franklin is said to have responded, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” This Independence Day, many Americans feel betrayed and […]

On this day in 1922: Legendary judge Damon Keith is born

BY: - July 4, 2022

Damon Keith, the late U.S. federal court judge, was born on July 4, 1922, in Detroit. The African American was the grandson of slaves. As a child, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and his family attended Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit with Keith for many years.  “I never wanted to be a lawyer, but he […]

Senate OKs measure to replace Lewis Cass statue in D.C. with Coleman Young 

BY: - July 2, 2022

The Michigan Senate on Thursday adopted a resolution that requests the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress to approve the replacement of Michigan’s statue of Lewis Cass with one of former Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young as part of the National Statuary Hall Collection. “Coleman A. Young was not only the first Black mayor […]

African World Festival returns to Detroit’s Hart Plaza, entrance fee concerns some

BY: - June 24, 2022

The African World Festival will be held at Detroit’s Hart Plaza for the first time in nearly a decade. But many of those who attend the 39th annual event, which will be held July 15-17, will have to pay to do so for the first time. Jamon Jordan, City of Detroit historian and a festival […]

Michigan turns to history, art to celebrate Juneteenth

BY: - June 20, 2022

Michigan residents around the state celebrated Juneteenth over the long holiday weekend with music, readings and historical displays. In Detroit, Michigan’s largest city, more than a dozen events were held. Erica Hill, Detroit’s deputy director of the Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity Department, said that the Juneteenth recognition has vital importance for city residents. It […]

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Michigan communities host Juneteenth events celebrating culture, education and activism

BY: - June 15, 2022

As Juneteenth approaches, communities and institutions throughout Michigan are hosting parades, festivals and educational events to commemorate the holiday. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day or Emancipation Day, is celebrated annually on June 19, marking the anniversary of Union soldiers arriving in Galveston, Texas, and informing enslaved African Americans of their freedom, more […]