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College campuses may be increasingly diverse, but incoming students are still often from segregated neighborhoods, meaning they "don't have much practice connecting across lines of difference," says race relations expert Beverly Tatum. So how will things ever improve in America?

Courtesy photo | Beverly Tatum

What's one of the most powerful ways to reduce racism in America? Just talk to someone different than you. So says race relations scholar Beverly Tatum, the former longtime president of Spelman College, an historically black women's college in Atlanta. 

NOTE: The Jan. 22nd event is canceled due to inclement weather. The new date will be announced on kalfound.org.

Lanna Lewis of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation and activist-rapper Ed Genesis provide an update on an on-going racial healing project in Kalamazoo, as well as discuss the local observance of the third annual National Day of Racial Healing set for Jan. 22, timed for the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

Courtesy photo | Shannon LaNier

On New Year's Day, WMUK rebroadcast our interview with Shannon LaNier, believed to be a great-grandson of President Thomas Jefferson and enslaved woman Sally Hemings. It first aired on Feb. 19, 2018 on WestSouthwest. 

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.