black lives matter

Earlene McMichael |WMUK

This is the first installment in a three-day series. It aired on Monday, June 22, 2020.

Across the country, African-Americans have protested with white allies in united outrage over George Floyd dying in police custody in Minneapolis last month. In Kalamazoo, the vast majority of participants at the larger protests have been white. But as people of color start to plan next steps, some wonder: Will allies continue to work to end systemic racism once the big demonstrations stop? 


Earlene McMichael / WMUK

Note: In commemoration of Juneteenth, we're reposting our story about this annual June 19th tradition. It first published and aired on June 17, 2016.

Every year, we celebrate our independence from Great Britain on the Fourth of July. But did you know that, in most states, there’s another independence day that some people also celebrate? It’s called Juneteenth, a 150-year-old African-American tradition that’s very much alive in Kalamazoo. But if Juneteenth has been around for 150 years, why haven’t more people heard of it?


Manuel Balce Ceneta | Associated Press

Sybrina Fulton says she was catapulted from her quiet life as a civil service worker into high-profile anti-violence activism when her son Trayvon Martin was slain five years ago by a neighborhood watch volunteer. While it helped lead to the Black Lives Matter movement that draws attention to senseless deaths of African-Americans, Fulton says more is needed, like changes in laws. So she says she's contemplating running for office and will decide within the next few months. She speaks March 29 in Kalamazoo.


"KALAMAZOO, MI-- Four demands were announced via bullhorn to a crowd of a few hundred people who had marched, chanting, from Bronson Park to the Kalamazoo Mall following a Black Lives Matter gathering here Friday evening July 22. Discipline the police officers who were transporting a man from the hospital to jail when he died along the way." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

"KALAMAZOO, MI - A local Black Lives Matter chapter is planning a Friday rally and an undisclosed 'shutdown action' on city streets, a move that has police preparing to allow the demonstration but react to any problems that develop. The rally is planned for 6 p.m." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

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