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

File photo of Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at Western Michigan University in 1963. Photo from Western Michigan University
Western Michigan University

This April 4th will mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Junior’s assassination in Memphis. Reverend Bill Wylie-Kellerman says exactly one year prior to his death, King gave an important speech stating his opposition to the war in Vietnam, and calling for a revolution of values.


Michigan State University campus photo from Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons

(MPRN-East Lansing) A white supremacist, Richard Spencer will speak at Michigan State University Monda evening – much to the dismay of many in the community. Spencer’s request to speak was initially denied by the campus, but a lawsuit resulted in a compromise between the two sides. Spencer is permitted to use the MSU pavilion on the outskirts of campus during spring break. Many in the East Lansing community aren’t happy with Spencer’s appearance, but there’s a divide between how people plan to respond to Spencer’s visit.


Brandon Burnett and Janai Travis rehearse "Flood Gates" for the Kalamazoo Black Lives, Black Words event
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

“Do black lives matter?” That’s the prompt that award-winning playwright and activist Reginald Edmund uses in the Black Lives, Black Words project. It’s a multi-city performance with theatre, poetry, and music about the black experience. On Sunday, February 18th, Western Michigan University and Face Off Theatre will put on Kalamazoo’s show. 


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Climbing a 30-foot flagpole is not easy. But Bree Newsome did (listen now, below).  She ascended the flagpole outside South Carolina's statehouse and lowered the Confederate flag in 2015, making headlines. Why did she do it?

"There was a moment that we were in as a nation," the film-maker-activist says today on WMUK's WestSouthwest news and public affairs show.

She says a white supremacist had just days before fatally shot nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston, S.C., including its pastor who was a state senator. 


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