Dennis Archer is best know as the Mayor of Detroit and the first African American to become president of the American Bar Association.
Here are a few other interesting facts about Archer:
1. Dennis Archer was born on January 1, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan.
2. Graduated from Western Michigan University in 1965 with a B.A.
3. Taught disabled children in the Detroit Public Schools for five years while attending the Detroit College of Law.
4. Graduated with a J.D. degree in 1970 and began practicing law.
5. First appointed a Justice on the Michigan State Supreme Court in 1985.
6. Won election to the Supreme Court post later that year and served until 1990. In 1993 he ran for mayor of Detroit, succeeding Mayor Coleman Young, the first black mayor of the city.
7. Archer was not popular with many Young loyalists and did not receive the majority of the African American vote. He eventually won over many of his critics and was elected to a second term in 1997 by a wide margin.
8. Promoted economic growth in the most impoverished areas of the city by persuading the federal government to make Detroit one of the first cities to receive federal Empowerment Zone status.
9. Initiated Detroit’s downtown “renaissance,” a controversial plan to develop the downtown area to lure businesses and residents back into the city.
10. Became the first African American to head the nation’s oldest and largest professional legal association.