He’s been mixing it up for decades and getting people’s attention across Metro Detroit through his words and leadership of not one but two major African American newspapers.
He is Samuel L. Logan, longtime publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, who has been a leading voice on many critical matters such as Detroit Public Schools, race relations and the future of Detroit.
When looking at the impressive résumé of Mr. Logan, it’s not difficult to imagine him as a young U.S. Army paratrooper bolding leaping from overhead planes which he did dozens of times while serving in the military.
Today, you could argue he is doing much the same as he leads the Chronicle in the Motor City by taking strong positions on issues, candidates and more.
When Trey Fabacher, vice president and general manager of WWJ-TV/CBS Detroit and CW50 (WKBD-TV) and his team were looking at people to profile as part of CW50’s celebration of Black History Month, Sam Logan’s name immediately came to mind.
“Sam Logan is a legend,” said Fabacher. “Everyone knows there are few others who are helping drive change by putting emphasis on things like Detroit Public Schools and the economics of our city.”
Logan says he is trying to engage people to think about issues.
“When I joined the paper it was more of a passion, really. We have survived for more than 75 years because we don’t follow, we lead,” he says in a vignette airing on CW50 and on the station’s website, www.cw50detroit.com.
“I don’t worry about whether you agree or disagree or whether you like it. All I want to know is when I put something in writing, are you thinking? And if you’re thinking, then I’ve accomplished my objective,” Logan explained.
CW50 has been featuring vignettes to celebrate Black History Month by hightlighting unique local individuals who have had a positive impact on African Americans.
Faye Nelson, president and CEO of Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, is also profiled as she talks about her efforts to transform Detroit’s riverfront.
“This is my hometown. As a Detroiter I’ve been waiting to see this happen for a very long time. People can walk, bike, jog, rollerblade on the riverfront and it will provide so many positive benefits for our community,” she said.
Aaron Dworkin, founder and president of the Sphinx Organization, is an accomplished violinist who has been a champion for cultural musical diversity and is also featured in a vignette.
Dworkin said the Sphinx Organization is trying to change perceptions and engage more young people: “Without music I really can’t imagine where I would be.”
The CW50 Black History Month Vignettes, created by Paul Pytlowany and Matt Christopherson, can be seen on CW50 or online at www.cw50detroit.com.