Charlie LeDuff: From Black Power Back to the Plantation in 40 Short Years





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Published on Apr 5, 2013

Coleman, the Cadillacs and the cold hard truth

Posted: Mar 25, 2013 9:01 PM CDT Mar 25, 2013 9:01 PM CDT
Updated: Mar 26, 2013 10:22 PM CDT Mar 26, 2013 10:22 PM CDT

By Charlie LeDuff, Fox 2 News

DETROIT (WJBK) - On the day Kevyn Orr takes over the management of the city, effectively removing Mayor Dave Bing and the Detroit City Council from power, Fox 2's Charlie LeDuff goes back 40 years for a unique look back at the time Detroit elected its first African-American mayor.

Coleman Alexander Young served as the mayor of the city of Detroit from 1974 to 1993.

During his inauguration speech he offered this: "I issue a warning to all those pushers, to all rip-off artists, to all muggers: It's time to leave Detroit; hit Eight Mile Road! And I don't give a damn if they are black or white, or if they wear Superfly suits or blue uniforms with silver badges. Hit the road." This statement has been a source of controversy since the day Young said it.

Play the video to hear Young's warning and to see Charlie LeDuff's discovery of two midnight-blue, bomb-proof Cadillac limousines that were used to chauffeur Young around. In Charlie's report, find out why a bomb-proof limo was necessary and learn more understanding of what was going on in the city during the time of Young's election and legacy as mayor.

Plus, LeDuff caught up with Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano and gauged his interest in buying those limos. Click on the second video to hear Ficano's response.

After you watch Charlie's report, add your thoughts on what if anything should be done with the limos. Should they be on display somewhere as part of the city's history?


(Video Courtesy WJBK-TV, Detroit)


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