The 43-year-old Harvard educated, former war correspondent and Pittsburgh Courier editor is believed to be the “first Negro ever employed as a regular staff member of the Free Press editorial department.”
Says Free Press executive Lee Hills as reported by Jet magazine: “Mr. George’s qualifications are outstanding. His record for more than eight years at the Pittsburgh Courier was one of which any newspaperman might be proud.”
George will work primarily as a music critic for the newspaper.
He will join the ancestors in 1980 at age 70.
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.