On this day in 1968, Mayor Jerome P. Cavanagh proclaims it “Robert Earl Hayden Day.”
It is a special tribute to the city native, renowned poet and current professor of English at Fisk University in Nashville.
Hayden is featured guest during the Second Baptist Church Cultural Committee’s 30th anniversary dinner held at the Statler Hotel downtown.
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.