Coleman Young

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Birthday
24, 1918
Birthplace
Alabama
Death Date
Nov 29, 1997 (79)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
24, 1918
Birthplace
Alabama
Death Date
Nov 29, 1997 (79)

About

First African American mayor of Detroit, an office he held from 1974 to 1994. While in office helped transform the city's mass transit system but he is often blamed for the city's financial distress.

Before Fame

During the World War II he served in the 477th Medium-Bomber Group of the United States Army Air Forces.

Trivia

He received the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP in 1981.

Family Life

His son, Coleman A. Young II, is a State Senator in Michigan's 1st State Senate district.

Associated With

Former President Jimmy Carter called him "one of the greatest mayors our country has known," after his death.