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The Honorable Michael B. Coleman

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
A City That Stays The Same Falls Behind.

Birthplace

Born:
11/18/1954
Birth Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
A City That Stays The Same Falls Behind.

Birthplace

Born:
11/18/1954
Birth Location:
Indianapolis
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Biography

City of Columbus, Ohio Mayor Michael B. Coleman was born on November 18, 1954 in Indianapolis, Indiana to John H. Coleman, a physician, and Joan Coleman, a criminal victim’s activist. Coleman’s family moved when he was three years old to Toledo, Ohio where his first jobs were working at the corner drug store, Kroger’s supermarket and his father’s barbeque restaurant. He attended St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio and then went on to receive his B.A. degree in political science from the University of Cincinnati in 1977. Coleman obtained his J.D. degree from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1980.

After completing his law degree, Coleman began his career as an attorney in the Ohio attorney general’s office. In 1982, he was hired as a legislative aide for then Columbus City Councilman, Ben Epsy. Coleman joined the Schottenstein Law Firm in 1984 and became a member of the Columbus City Council in 1992. He served as president of the city council from 1997 to 1999. In 1998, Coleman was the gubernatorial running mate to Democrat Lee Fisher, but they lost to Republicans Bob Taft and Maureen O'Connor in the closest gubernatorial election in Ohio in twenty-eight years. In 1999, he won a highly contested race to become the 52nd mayor of Columbus, Ohio and the first African American to hold the post. As mayor, Coleman spearheaded the Columbus Downtown Business Plan and Neighborhood Pride, a program designed to engage communities to revitalize their neighborhoods. He also created the after-school program, Capital Kids, in 2001 and the Green Spot program in 2006, to encourage Columbus residents and businesses to protect the environment. Coleman has leveraged incentives to create and retain more than 92,000 jobs in the Columbus area. He was re-elected to the office of mayor in 2003, 2007 and 2011.

Coleman has been recognized many times for his commitment to the Columbus community including receiving the Community Service Award from the Columbus Bar Association and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC’s) Sustainability Award. He is an honorary member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Coleman has three adult children, Kimberly, Justin and John.

Michael B. Coleman was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 4, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman talks about his father's early life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman describes the black community in Madison, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman talks about his parents' experiences at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman describes his parents' early relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman talks about his father's career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman describes his father's work at the Indianapolis 500
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman describes his father's medical practice in Toledo, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman remembers his neighborhood in Toledo, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman remembers the black business district in Toledo, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman talks about Lincoln Elementary School in Toledo, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman recalls his early influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman remembers his childhood activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman describes his parents' involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman remembers Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman recalls the television broadcast of the March on Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman remembers President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman recalls his introduction to politics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman remembers the presidential election of 1960
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman recalls his admiration of Thurgood Marshall
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman describes his experiences at the Maumee Valley Day School in Toledo, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman recalls transferring to St. John's Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman talks about his early mentors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman talks about his social activities at St. John's Jesuit High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman talks about his early work experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman recalls the incidence of crime in his childhood community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman remembers his discriminatory high school counselor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman talks about his transition to University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman recalls his activities at University of Cincinnati
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman remembers becoming a Democrat
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman describes his work with Upward Bound
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman talks about his early involvement in presidential campaigns
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman remembers Mayor Jerry Springer of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman talks about black politics in Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman remembers his early exposure to black attorneys
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman remembers the Law School Admission Test
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman recalls his summer positions during law school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman remembers his internship at the White House
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman describes his time in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman remembers C.J. McLin
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman remembers William J. Brown's mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman talks about his work for Ben Espy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman recalls founding the Young Black Dems
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman remembers Buck Rinehart's mayoralty of Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman describes his campaign for Columbus City Council
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman remembers Columbus Mayor Gregory S. Lashutka
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman recalls his presidency of the Columbus City Council
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman remembers Lee Fisher's gubernatorial campaign
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman describes his campaign for the mayoralty of Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman describes his experiences as the first black mayor of the City of Columbus
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman talks about his initiatives in Columbus, Ohio, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman talks about his initiatives in Columbus, Ohio, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman describes the housing crisis in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman talks about the economic diversity in Columbus, Ohio, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman talks about the economic diversity in Columbus, Ohio, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman talks about the growth of Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman describes his relationship with the white community in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman describes his accomplishments as mayor of Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman talks about his challenges as mayor of Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman talks about his focus on urban redevelopment
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman recalls the changes in federal funding to the City of Columbus
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman describes his staff members
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman talks about his family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - The Honorable Michael B. Coleman describes how he would like to be remembered