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February 3, 2014

Black History: Couple find influences near and far


A young power couple in Detroit, Ken and Kim Coleman, are both journalists. Ken is a historian and author of the book; “This Day in African American Life in Detroit.” Kim wears many hats in the community; among them the youngest Wayne State University Regent to be elected. Ken’s influence in Black History: “It was the election of Coleman Alexander Young as the Mayor of Detroit, the first African American mayor of Detroit.” Kim worked and studied in Cape Town South Africa and has been inspired by the work of the late South African president Nelson Mandela: “I think the thing in modern history that inspired me a lot was the end of apartheid,” said Kim. “Because … that was something that happened during my lifetime and that I got to see and I got to feel, I was very emotional about it. I spent a year in South Africa going to graduate school.”


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