Feb. 6, 1972: Free Press reports on auto sales pioneer Ed Davis

ed davisOn this day in 1972, a Detroit Free Press “Detroit Magazine” article is published titled, “Ed Davis: The Idealist in the Driver’s Seat of the Creaky Old DSR.
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The feature reports on the automobile sales pioneer and his efforts to improve┬áthe city’s public transportation system.

Prior to joining City of Detroit government in 1971, Davis was a Studebaker dealership owner. He later became the first black man to operate a Chrysler-Plymouth dealership franchise.

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.