Coleman Young

  Courtesy of the Detroit Free Press.

Courtesy of the Detroit Free Press.

Coleman Young was elected Detroit’s first black mayor in the 1973 election. One of his major campaign promises was to abolish the Detroit Police Department’s undercover STRESS unit, which had become extremely unpopular among the black community. Prior to the election, as a labor leader and a state senator, Coleman had established himself as a savvy, brash politician who did not mince words.

Coleman appears in “The Battle for Detroit.”

If Detroit goes down the drain, black and white go down the drain together. You can’t tell the difference between black and white in the sewer.
Rob Szypko