African Americans

Foley says book industry marginalizes Black, queer people like him 

BY: - September 26, 2022

Author and journalist Aaron Foley on Saturday said at a Banned Book Week event that the publishing industry too often ignores the Black queer community in America.  “When it comes to writing about queer things and queer books, the industry will push a couple of white authors and say, ‘Well, here’s all your gay books.’ […]

Detroit challenges the U.S. Census Bureau’s population estimates in a federal lawsuit

BY: - September 26, 2022

The city of Detroit is suing the U.S. Census Bureau, claiming it undercounted residents in the predominantly Black city. The city claims in the suit filed in U.S. District Court that the city’s population grew in 2021. If true, it would mark the first time the city’s population has increased in seven decades. The lawsuit […]

On this day in 1918: Detroit physician and museum founder Charles H. Wright is born 

BY: - September 20, 2022

On Sept. 20, 1918, Charles Howard Wright was born in Dothan, Ala., located on the state’s southeastern corner not far from its border with Georgia and Florida. Before becoming a Michigander during the 1940s, Wright, who was African American, attended Southeast Alabama High School and Alabama State College, graduating from each institution in 1935 and […]

Officials look to ‘fill in the ditch’ that helped displace Black Detroiters with $105M project

BY: - September 15, 2022

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Thursday during a news conference in Detroit that “wealth that needs to be created will be created” as he helped to outline plans to reimage a federal highway that displaced a historic Black community during the 1950s and 1960s.    “We know that some of the planners and politicians behind […]

‘This is racism — environmental racism at its finest’

BY: - September 13, 2022

The Michigan head of one of the nation’s prominent civil rights organizations told the Advance this week that water quality challenges that have affected mid-sized cities such as Flint, Benton Harbor and now Jackson, Miss., are the cause of “white flight and corporate disinvestment.” “There is an overall issue that this country hasn’t been able […]

Confronting history, Congress studies addition of lynching sites to national park system

BY: - September 11, 2022

The U.S. House is considering a bill that would put lynching sites in western Tennessee on track to become part of the National Park Service, part of a trend this year of Congress using the agency to advance discussions of the nation’s troubled and often violent racial history. A bill from U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, Tennessee Democrat, […]

On this day in 1935: Eleanor Roosevelt helps dedicate Detroit housing project

BY: - September 9, 2022

On Sept. 9, 1935, a street pageant festival was held in Detroit to celebrate the building of the Brewster Homes, the nation’s first federally funded housing project designed for African Americans. That day, four vehicles motored from city hall downtown to the Hastings-Benton Street area located on the city’s lower east side. Passengers included city […]

Mackinac Island’s Kingston Kitchen is a ‘story of fulfillment and freedom’

BY: - August 27, 2022

In 2000, Shawn Fearon traveled 1,961 miles from his home in Jamaica to Mackinac Island to work in the tourism industry.  Twenty-two years later, he owns a popular restaurant, Kingston Kitchen at the Village, on the island and has a bigger goal. “My dream and vision is to have as many Kingston Kitchens as there […]

On this day in 1959: Slave’s great-grandson makes Grand Rapids police history 

BY: - August 22, 2022

On Aug. 22, 1959, Dred Scott Madison, an African-American Grand Rapids Police Department officer, was promoted to the rank of sergeant, according to published reports. The development was historic as it was a first in city history. Madison, who joined the force in 1947, became the first Black to serve as a sergeant in the […]

On this day in 1992: Future President Bill Clinton talks with Black journalists in Detroit 

BY: - August 19, 2022

On Aug. 19, 1992, the National Association of Black Journalists kicked off its convention in Detroit. Titled, “On the Road to Diversity” and held in the Renaissance Center’s Westin Hotel, the five-day conference that attracted 2,000 African-American reporters, editors, columnists, anchors and executives. Among the who’s who of notables who attended included filmmaker Spike Lee, […]

African-American leaders lament loss of Black representation for Detroit

BY: - August 13, 2022

Charles Diggs Jr. became the first African American to serve on Capitol Hill in Michigan. He was first elected in 1954.  Since then, at least one African American has represented in Congress a portion of Detroit — the largest majority-Black city in the nation — with civil rights leaders becoming a powerful force in the […]

Updated: Thanedar wins open 13th Congressional District Dem nomination

BY: - August 3, 2022

Updated, 8:40 a.m., 8/3/22, with Hollier’s concession State Rep. Shri Thanedar (D-Detroit) has won the Michigan’s 13th District Democratic Party primary over several well-known African-American candidates.  As of 8:14 a.m. Wednesday, Thanedar has 28.3%, with 68% reporting, according to unofficial returns. He is followed by state Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit) with 23.5% and Portia Roberson, […]