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Coleman Young
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Mayor
    (May 24, 1918-November 29, 1997)
    Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    Mayor of Detroit, Michigan (1974-1993)
    Many of his critics describe him as 'imperial,' 'profane,' and 'unapologetic.'
    In order to help build General Motors its new 'Poletown' factory, he had to evoke eminent domain on several of the city's neighborhoods.
    He was divorced twice.
    A female employee accused him of fathering her son.
    Genetic testing proved that he was the father of her child.
    In a TIME article about the decline of Detroit, Daniel Okrent wrote that he contributed to the decline and fall of the city.
    Okrent said that Young often referred to himself as the 'MFIC' (Motherfucker in charge) and that he governed using the politics of retribution over healing.
    During his tenure, there were instances of 'Devil's Night' in which as many as 800 houses were burnt down to the ground in 72 hours.
    Rumor had it that he was a Communist sympathizer.
    He served as the city's mayor for twenty years.
    When he left office he proclaimed that Detroit had reached a 'level of autonomy ... that no other city can match.' In reality, the city's education system, infrastructure, and neighborhoods were on the brink of collapse.
    As a child, his family moved out of Alabama to Detroit to escape the Ku Klux Klan.
    He served in World War II as one of the Tuskegee Airmen.
    He dedicated most of his life to fighting racial discrimination and ill treatment towards blacks.
    He served in Michigan's State Senate before his tenure as the city's mayor.
    He was credited with helping to make the Detroit Police Department more ethnically diverse.
    He also served as vice president of the Democratic Party.
    The son he fathered out of wedlock served as a state representative from Detroit.
    Former president Jimmy Carter, upon learning of his death, praised him as 'one of the greatest mayors our country has known.'
    The city's international airport is named in his honor.

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