racism

Earlene McMichael | WMUK

A six-part documentary about slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin that debuts at 10 p.m. tonight on the Paramount Network and BET pulls from interviews with more than 100 people, among them his mother, Sybrina Fulton, who spoke in Kalamazoo last year.

WMUK did its own two interviews with Fulton in connection with her visit here. The first was in advance of her trip, the other live onstage. The live interview won an excellence award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters earlier this year.

We're reposting both conversations to coincide with the documentary's premiere. 


MPRN

(MPRN-Lansing)  Activists from across the state shut down streets in Lansing Monday. The Michigan Poor People’s Campaign launched at the state Capitol. 

Western Michigan University

This April 4th will mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Junior’s assassination in Memphis. Reverend Bill Wylie-Kellerman says exactly one year prior to his death, King gave an important speech stating his opposition to the war in Vietnam, and calling for a revolution of values.


Michigan State University campus
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(MPRN-East Lansing) A white supremacist, Richard Spencer will speak at Michigan State University Monda evening – much to the dismay of many in the community. Spencer’s request to speak was initially denied by the campus, but a lawsuit resulted in a compromise between the two sides. Spencer is permitted to use the MSU pavilion on the outskirts of campus during spring break. Many in the East Lansing community aren’t happy with Spencer’s appearance, but there’s a divide between how people plan to respond to Spencer’s visit.


Courtesy photo | Shannon LaNier

When Shannon LaNier was a boy, he told his classmates that President Thomas Jefferson was his great grandfather. His teacher didn't see how that was possible. LaNier looks black. She instructed him to stop lying. Now, he says, DNA and other evidence supports the story that had been passed down in his family of its connection to Jefferson and enslaved woman Sally Hemings. LaNier speaks in Kalamazoo on Feb. 27.


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