Watch our weekly "On This Day" segment on Detroit Public TV's "American Black Journal" each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. 


History Lives Detroit! 

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Profiles more than 30 past and present radio personalities, including LeRoy White; Martha Jean "The Queen;" Butterball Jr.; The Electrifying Mojo; John Mason; and Frankie Darcell.

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                     More than 1,500 facts spanning from the                    1800s and the 21st century

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  Tells the story of Black Bottom and Paradise Valley during the                    1930's, '40s and '50s               

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"Soul on Air" is now available at Street Corner Music in Oak Park, 26020 Greenfield Road. 

"On This Day: African American Life in Detroit," "Million Dollars Worth of Nerve" and "Soul On Air" are sold at Spectacles Detroit, 230 E. Grand River Ave. in Detroit; and Eric's I've Been Framed, 16527 Livernois Avenue, in Detroit. 


Ken Coleman brings weekly "On This Day" segment during Detroit Public Television's "American Black Journal"     each Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

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We're included in a new episode of "Detroit Classic" discussing Black Bottom and Paradise Valley. It airs on City of Detroit Channel 10 on the Comcast menu. 

 

 

 

June 20 "Soul On Air" Book Signing at Eric's I've Been Framed

 

 

April 2 Book Signing at Northwest Activities Center:         A Complete Success! 

 

 

 Media Mentions

NEW!  Read Metro Times Detroit's blog about "Soul on Air." 

CLICK HERE:  http://www.metrotimes.com/Blogs/archives/2015/06/22/new-book-chronicles-history-of-blacks-on-detroit-radio

 

 

 

NEW!   Listen to WDET-FM 101.9's report on "Soul on Air." 

CLICK HERE:  http://wdet.org/posts/2015/06/22/80815-soul-on-the-air-chronicles-role-of-blacks-in-detroit-radio/

 

 

 

NEW!  Read our Q&A with Metro Times Detroit about "Million Dollars Worth of Nerve." 

CLICK HERE: http://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/ken-coleman-shares-the-heritage-of-detroits-black-bottom/Content?oid=2327722

 

Listen to our interview on Michigan Radio's "Stateside" as it reports on the historic Brewster Homes.

CLICK HERE   http://michiganradio.org/post/here-s-why-brewster-douglass-housing-projects-we

 

Check out WWJ NewsRadio 950’s report on “Million Dollars Worth of Nerve.” 

CLICK HERE: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2014/11/23/local-authors-latest-venture-speaks-of-little-known-history-of-detroit/

 

Watch our "Million Dollars Worth of Nerve" interview on WHPR-TV's "The Brenda Perryman Show"            

CLICK HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd2a2JrDtec&feature=youtu.be

 

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“Million Dollars Worth of Nerve”  Frequently Asked Questions

Why the title: “Millions Dollars Worth of Nerve”?

It comes from a quote by Louis E. Martin, the first editor of the Michigan Chronicle, where he talks about starting the newspaper in 1936 with “a cash budget of $135 and million dollars worth of nerve.” 

The book features 21 people. In their own right each of them challenged authority and made a way out of no way. Charles Roxborough, for example, learned the Polish language and it helped him in 1930 to become Michigan’s first black man to serve in the state Senate; Fannie B. Peck  the same year founded the first state-chartered credit union in America operated by African-Americans; Sunnie Wilson rebuffed the advice of local officials in midst Red Scare McCarthyism in 1949 and hosted the controversial activist and actor Paul Robeson.

What is the book about?

The book tells the story of Paradise Valley, Black Bottom and lower East Side communities; how they came to be; and the forces that caused their demise: systemic racism, desegregation, freeway construction and suburban sprawl.  The story is told—in part—through personality profiles of 21 Detroit residents—all of whom are African-American.

Why the focus on Black Bottom, Paradise Valley and Detroit’s Lower East Side?

Many of the happenings during the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s in these communities aren’t widely known by Millennials, whether they be white or people of color.  As a longtime Detroit resident, who was educated in Detroit Public Schools and worked there as a community relations officer, I think that’s terribly unfortunate. These men and women helped to lead our country during World War II; operated viable businesses during the Great Depression; and dined at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with U.S. Presidents and Vice Presidents.

How long did it take to write the book?

The book is self-published. I took on the project just after writing my first book:  “On This Day: African-American Life in Detroit.” It took about 16 months to research and write.












 

September 1:

1964: John Conyers, Jr. edges out Richard H. Austin in the Democratic Party primary contest for the 1st Congressional
District. Conyers wins by a razor-thin 108 votes. More than 60,000 ballots are cast in the eight-person race.

1992 Malice Green, an African-American city resident, joins the ancestors after being arrested by police officers Walter

Media Mentions

Hope Springs Eternal at Brewster Homes site

Michigan Chronicle

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http://michronicleonline.com/2015/08/20/hope-springs-eternal-80-years-after-brewster-homes-ground-breaking/

Detroit and the Underground Railroad

Michigan Radio

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http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-and-underground-railroad#stream/0

"In Black America" interview on KUT-Austin

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http://kut.org/post/million-dollars-worth-nerve-ken-coleman

Detroit Power Couples

BLAC Detroit Magazine feature

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Black History: Couple Find Influences Near And Far   WWJ NewsRadio 950 feature

CLICK HERE AND LISTEN http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2014/02/03/black-history-couple-find-influences-near-and-far/  

 

Historic sites in Detroit

Local 4 News feature

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http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/live-in-the-d/uniquely-detroit-black-history-spots-in-the-city/31312340