Coleman Young biography
Coleman Young was born on May 24, 1918, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In 1923, he took a job at the Ford Motor Company, where he became involved in union activities and civil rights issues. He was drafted during World War II and served with the Tuskegee Airmen. After returning to Detroit, Young helped found the National Negro Labor Council in 1951. In 1968, he became the Democratic National Committee's first African-American member. In 1973, Young ran for the Detroit mayorship and won, becoming the city's first African-American mayor. Serving as mayor until 1994, he died in Detroit on November 29, 1997.