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Earlene McMichael | WMUK

"Son, don't you ever forget the bridge that carried you across." Moses L. Walker recalls his mother often telling him that.

So Walker, a retired Borgess Medical Center executive who served multiple terms on the Kalamazoo City Commission and on many boards, says he always found ways to give back.

Now the Family Health Center in Kalamazoo has named the newest building at its headquarters after Walker. (Click icon to hear interview.)


Alice Tregay worked to help desegregate Chicago’s schools, became a political activist who worked to help the help elect the city’s first African-American mayor and helped inspire a young man named Barack Obama long before he came the nation’s first black President. Yet her story is largely unknown. 

Rae'sheana Robertson reading a new poem at Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative's monthly poetry night.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

There’s a reason why we celebrate Black History Month every February. Decades after the Civil Rights Movement, the political leaders, inventors, and artists in U.S. history books are still overwhelmingly white. But a new program by Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative in Kalamazoo aims to help students learn about diverse authors and orators. 

A deposition by Ed Green that states why Lovett Hammond should get his Civil War pension
Michelle Johnson

With the help of a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, the Michigan Historical Center and SHARE plan to put together local black histories for select cities in Michigan, from about 1865 to 1915 - the end of slavery through the Great Migration. 

African American History Collector Seeks Museum Space

Sep 17, 2015
Murphy Darden stands in his house surrounded by African American artifacts he's collected and his historical art works
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

Murphy Darden loves cowboys. He and his twin brother are now 87. But when they were kids, they used to pay ten cents at the movie theater to see stars like Roy Rogers and Buck Jones rope cattle.