Jan. 1, 1942: Dennis Archer is born

On this day in 1942, Dennis W. Archer is born in Cassopolis, Michigan.

He will earn degrees from Western Michigan University and Detroit College of Law, teach in the Detroit Public Schools and toil as a lawyer before being appointed to the Michigan State Supreme Court in 1985.

Archer will be elected mayor in 1993 and 1997. He will also serve as president of the American Bar Association in 2003, the first non white to do so.

Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman, the author of On this Day: African-American Life in Detroit, is a native Detroiter and former news reporter. He served on the Detroit Charter Revision Commission. He lives in Detroit with his wife, Kim Trent, and their son, Jackson Coleman.