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. 

ISAAC Sets Kalamazoo Social Justice Goals

Oct 24, 2018
Amy Peterson / ISAAC

A faith-based nonprofit group holds a summit on social justice issues in Kalamazoo on Thursday, October 25. The event is put on every two years by ISAAC, the Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community.

Zakkiyyah Najeebah | Courtesy photo

Charlene Carruthers is leaving nothing to chance to ensure young leaders of color have the tools to compel social change. As founding national director of the five-year-old Black Youth Project 100, called BYP100, she trains 18-to 35-year-old activists. She'll talk about her work on Nov. 2 as the 2018 Kalamazoo Summit on Racism's keynote speaker.

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