November 25, 2004: Council member Kay Everett dies after a battle with kidney disease

kay everettOn this day in 2004, Kay Everett, longtime City Council member, joins the ancestors after complications from kidney disease.

She was 63.

Everett was a school teacher and served on the Detroit Board of Education before being elected to council in 1991. She had recently been indicted by the federal government on 27 counts of extortion and bribery, for allegedly demanding items from a city contractor in exchange for votes.

A tireless city booster, Everett led council’s Keep Detroit Beautiful Task Force.
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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.