Share Your Memories of Mayor Coleman Young

By Peter Neumann

Share Your Memories of Mayor Coleman Young

October 29, 2013 Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 10:35 AM EDT

DETROIT, Mi. (My TV20 News at 10) --- What do you remember of Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young?

In early November, you have an opportunity to share those memories in a special event hosted by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Coleman Alexander Young died in 1997

Read more about the event:

"Detroiters with personal stories or memories of former Mayor Coleman A. Young are being asked to come to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Nov. 8 to share those memories at a special taping session entitled, “I Remember Coleman.”

The event, sponsored by the Coleman A. Young Foundation, is timed to recognize the 40th anniversary of Young’s historic election as Detroit’s mayor and is part of a documentary that is being prepared on the Mayor’s legacy. There will be two recording sessions that day, with the first from 1-4 p.m. and the second from 6-9 p.m.

“We hope that Detroiters will come and share their personal stories of Mayor Coleman A. Young and his legacy as we recognize the 40th anniversary of his historic election,” said Foundation Executive Director Khary Turner. “Mayor Young had a tremendous impact on this city and we still see the continuing effects of his work to build up Detroit.

“The event, which is free and is open to the general public, is designed to allow individuals to share their memories and reflections about Mayor Young and we hope people will join us to do that. We are holding the event at the museum because its construction was begun while he was still in office; it is where more than 80,000 mourners came to pay their respects after his passing and because he is such a central part of Detroit’s history.”

“This is an opportunity for us to record and share our history,” said Shahida Mausi, a former Coleman A. Young appointee who is coordinating the taping sessions. “If you know a senior with great stories to tell, bring them. It’s an opportunity for multiple generations to participate together.”

Proceeds from the documentary will benefit the Coleman A. Young Foundation.

The Coleman A. Young Foundation (CAYF) is a 501 (c)(3) organization that has awarded more than $4.5 million in scholarships to 460 Detroit students since the late Mayor formed it in 1982. In addition to awarding scholarships, it works to develop leadership among Young Detroiters through mentoring and other supports for personal growth and development. As a result of the network of support it provides for students to whom it awards scholarships it has achieved achieve a remarkable 90 percent graduation rate for its recipients.

A majority of Coleman A. Young scholars have returned to Detroit and are making contributions to the community in a broad cross section of professions.

More information and the opportunity to RSVP for the “I Remember Coleman” event is available at"

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