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Detroiters Eulogize First Black Mayor

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

With tributes from politicians, clergy and ordinary citizens who waited for hours in the cold, Detroit honored Coleman Young, the outspoken five-term mayor who died last week at age 79. “Mayor Young was simply one of the greatest mayors in American history,” his successor, Dennis Archer, said during the funeral. Aretha Franklin performed two songs during the funeral, one a rendition of “The Impossible Dream” that included lyrics in tribute to Young.


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