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From Detroit-based author and former Michigan Chronicle editor


On This Day: African-American Life in Detroit

 Photo courtesy of the Walter Reuther Library at Wayne State University





Order "Million Dollars Worth of Nerve" by clicking the "Add to Cart" button above.


NEW! Book Signing: May 3, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Kumon Detroit, 41 Burroughs, Suite 105, Detroit MI 48202, 313-873-7730


Both books are sold at Spectacles Detroit, 230 E. Grand River Ave. in Detroit; and Eric's I've Been Framed, 16527 Livernois Avenue, in Detroit. 


We're now available to present to your block club, nonprofit organization, home of worship auxilary group, etc. Call 313-551-1304 today! 

Kim Trent brings weekly "On This Day" segment during Detroit Public Television's "American Black Journal" each Sunday at 12:30 p.m. 



On This Day: African-American Life in Detroit lists 1,500 facts    and dozens of rare photos! 


April 2 Book Signing: A Complete Success! 



NEW!  Read our Q&A with Metro Times Detroit about "Million Dollars Worth of Nerve." 




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Watch our "Million Dollars Worth of Nerve" interview on WHPR-TV's "The Brenda Perryman Show"            




“Million Dollars Worth of Nerve”  Frequently Asked Questions

Why the title: “Millions Dollars Worth of Nerve”?

It comes from a quote by Louis E. Martin, the first editor of the Michigan Chronicle, where he talks about starting the newspaper in 1936 with “a cash budget of $135 and million dollars worth of nerve.” 

The book features 21 people. In their own right each of them challenged authority and made a way out of no way. Charles Roxborough, for example, learned the Polish language and it helped him in 1930 to become Michigan’s first black man to serve in the state Senate; Fannie B. Peck  the same year founded the first state-chartered credit union in America operated by African-Americans; Sunnie Wilson rebuffed the advice of local officials in midst Red Scare McCarthyism in 1949 and hosted the controversial activist and actor Paul Robeson.

What is the book about?

The book tells the story of Paradise Valley, Black Bottom and lower East Side communities; how they came to be; and the forces that caused their demise: systemic racism, desegregation, freeway construction and suburban sprawl.  The story is told—in part—through personality profiles of 21 Detroit residents—all of whom are African-American.

Why the focus on Black Bottom, Paradise Valley and Detroit’s Lower East Side?

Many of the happenings during the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s in these communities aren’t widely known by Millennials, whether they be white or people of color.  As a longtime Detroit resident, who was educated in Detroit Public Schools and worked there as a community relations officer, I think that’s terribly unfortunate. These men and women helped to lead our country during World War II; operated viable businesses during the Great Depression; and dined at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with U.S. Presidents and Vice Presidents.

How long did it take to write the book?

The book is self published. I took on the project just after writing my first book:  “On This Day: African-American Life in Detroit.” It took about 16 months to research and write.

How will the book be sold?

The book is available on our Web site: Spectacles Detroit, located 230 East Grand River Avenue, and Eric's I've Been Framed, located 16527 Livernois Avenue, in Detroit sell both "On This Day: African-American Life in Detroit" and "Million Dollars Worth of Nerve." 


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April 26:

On This Day: African American Life in Detroit in 1993:

Marie Farrell-Donaldson, City of Detroit ombudsman, suggests that local government section off and mothball underpopulated and abandoned areas to reduce the cost of operation and increase the overall quality of life for its residents.

In her proposed budget report to City Council entitled, "Management by Common Sense," the state’s first African-American woman certified public accountant and former city auditor general writes:

"What we would be trying to do, in reality, is to downsize the community. We're talking about right sizing the city to correlate with our budget."

The idea, however, is roundly rejected by Mayor Coleman A. Young and several City Council members.

1992 Malice Green, an African-American city resident, joins the ancestors after being arrested by police officers Walter

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