- NAME: Coleman Young
- OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist, Mayor
- BIRTH DATE: May 24, 1918
- DEATH DATE: November 29, 1997
- Did You Know?: Coleman Young helped found the National Negro Labor Council in 1951.
- Did You Know?: In 1968, Coleman Young became the first African American on the Democratic National Committee.
- Did You Know?: In 1973, Coleman Young was elected the first African-American mayor of Detroit.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
- PLACE OF DEATH: Detroit, Michigan
- Full Name: Coleman Alexander Young
- AKA: Coleman Young
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Politician, activist and labor leader Coleman Young was the first African American to be elected mayor of Detroit. He also became the city's longest-serving mayor.
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In 1973, Young won election as the first black mayor of Detroit. He was a popular choice among African-American voters. During his tenure, Young lowered Detroit's crime rates. He also led construction projects that helped revitalize the city's economy, such as the $350 million Renaissance Center business and retail complex in downtown Detroit. However, many businesses and residents still left the city while he was mayor,
departures that disrupted the economy.
Young remained Detroit's mayor until health concerns related to his emphysema made him decide not to run for re-election in 1993. With five terms in office, he was the longest-serving mayor in the city's history.
In 1994, Young published his autobiography, entitled Hard Stuff. At the age of 79, Young died of respiratory failure on November 29, 1997, in Detroit.
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