Monica Washington Padula is a trailblazer in Kalamazoo. The multi-instrument, classically trained musician and music educator of African-American and Indigenous descent operates her own piano studio. She’s on a mission to get more children of color fired up about playing instruments.
WMUK's Earlene McMichael talks with Monica Washington Padula Scroll down for a longer version
Pat Lynn says history can’t be changed but she says removing the sculpture from the Fountain of the Pioneers in Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park would help heal from racism. (The story has been updated, see below)
Linda Cypret-Kilbourne says the name Redskins turns her stomach. One of the founders of the Michigan Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media says the name comes from the scalping of Native American people when there were bounties on their heads, money was paid for the scalps of men, women and children.
WestSouthwest with Linda Cypret-Kilbourne and Julie Dye