Detroit Trivia

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Detroit Trivia

Detroit located in Wayne County, is the hub of a 5-million person metro area and nearly 1 million African Americans.

At one time, Detroit had more former Tuskegee Airmen residents than any other city.

The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, Rosa Parks, has been a long time resident of Detroit.

Everyone knows Detroit is America’s automotive center, but did you know Detroit metro area also ranks as a leader in the production of paints, non-electrical machinery and automation equipment in pharmaceutical, rubber products, synthetic resins and garden seed.

A driver’s haven, Detroit has one of the highest percentages of freeway lane miles per resident. Fittingly, it compares well to its kin cites of Los Angeles and Houston in its priority for the automobile.

Metro Detroit, thanks to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Wayne State University, is one of the nation’s leaders in electrical and mechanical R&D and Health Care.

Sandwiched between Chicago and Toronto, Detroit-Metropolitan Airport is one of the 10 busiest airports in the North America.

Metro Detroit is headquarters to these Fortune 500 companies: General Motors, Ford, Daimler-Chrysler, Volkswagen of America, Compuware, Kmart, Budd Company, Stroh’s Brewery, American National Resources and Federal Mogul.

General Motors invested $500 million in its headquarters at the five-tower Renaissance Center and Compuware built a huge new headquarters. Both increased the profile of downtown.

About 18 million visitors come to Detroit each year.

Radio Stations

92.3 FM WMXD – Old & New School R&B
97.9 FM WJLB – Hip Hop, Old & New School R&B, Gospel
98.7 FM WVMV – Jazz
105.9 FM WCHB – R&B, Hip Hop
107.5 FM WGPR – Jazz, R&B

1200 AM WCHB – Talk
1400 AM WQBH – Blues, Talk, R&B
1440 AM WMKM – Gospel

Famous Residents

Notable residents born here or made their mark here:

Joe Louis
Heavyweight boxing champ and patriot during WWII

Elijah McCoy
Inventor of more than 75 patents, which spawned the phrase, “The Real McCoy”

Coleman Young
1st Black mayor of Detroit

Kwame Kilpatrick
Detroit’s Hip-Hop mayor

Berry Gordy
Founder of Motown Records

Smokey Robinson
Motown singer and composer

Dr. Ralph Bunche
1st Black Nobel Prize Winner

Diana Ross & The Supremes
Famous Motown female artists

W. Fard Muhammad
Founder of the Nation of Islam

Dr. Ossian Sweet
Physician who won a famous civil rights case permitting Black Detroiters to live anywhere they could afford

Jackie Wilson
R&B singer

Dr. Ben Carson
Famous neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital

George DeBaptist
Famous abolitionist

Anita Baker
Grammy winning R&B singer

Aretha Franklin
Queen of Soul singer

Thomas Hearns
Welterweight boxing champ

Blair Underwood
TV and movie actor

Stevie Wonder
Famous composer, singer & musician

Elvin Jones
Jazz drummer

Donald Byrd
Jazz trumpeter

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