Join us on Friday, February 20, at 7:00 pm for a lecture with Ken Coleman. Ken will discuss his new book Million Dollars Worth of Nerve, which profiles 21 African-American movers-and-shakers who made their mark on Detroit, with a focus on Paradise Valley, Black Bottom, and the Lower East Side.
The title Million Dollars Worth of Nerve comes from Michigan Chronicle Editor Louis E. Martin, who quipped that he was sent to Detroit in 1936 with $135 and “a million dollars worth of nerve.”
Ken Coleman is the author of the popular On This Day in Detroit Twitter account. On This Day in Detroit shares facts about events in Detroit’s African-American history, on the same date that those events happened. He compiled the information into his first book, On This Day: African-American Life in Detroit. The stories he delved into kept pointing him towards Paradise Valley and Black Bottom of the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, then the political and cultural heart of Detroit’s black community. Coleman decided to focus his next book on the rich life of these neighborhoods — though individuals there contributed significantly to the growth of Detroit and the country, their stories are largely unknown in contemporary Detroit.
About Ken Coleman
Ken Coleman is a native Detroiter. He attended Detroit Public Schools and later worked for DPS as a community relations officer. He has been active in Detroit media as a news anchor and as Editor for the Michigan Chronicle and Michigan Front Page. He served as a City of Detroit Charter Revision Commissioner from 2009-2012.
About our Third Friday Lectures
Third Friday Lectures are held on the third Friday of most months at Mackenzie House (4735 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48201), which is ADA accessible. Our Third Friday Lecture Series is made possible by the generous donations of our members. Its mission is to share the tales of Detroit’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, and architects and build support for historic preservation’s importance in revitalizing our neighborhoods.