Tag Archives: Matt Siegfried

Is it possible that our local white supremacists don’t realize that not all Civil War memorials celebrate the Confederacy?

Earlier today, the following social media post was forwarded to a reader of this site, who, in turn, shared it with me. It apparently shows white supremacist literature at the base of Ypsilanti’s Civil War memorial in Highland Cemetery. At the bottom of the above image, you’ll notice one of the comments that was left […]

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Marking the first day of the Trump administration with Debbie Dingell and Gretchen Whitmer, firsthand accounts of the DC, Lansing and Ypsilanti women’s marches, and a discussion about the role of community-based art in improving society… on this weekend’s edition of the Saturday Six Pack

This weekend’s episode of the Saturday Six Pack, our first under the Trump administration, will be told in two parts. First, we will be talking with people on the ground in D.C., and elsewhere, about the response to the Trump inauguration, with special emphasis on how women are standing up and letting it be known […]

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Ypsi High students mark MLK Day with silent peace march and art exhibit

Both EMU and UM have great events lined up for Martin Luther King Day tomorrow. My family, however, will be spending the morning with Lynne Settles and her Ypsi High art students, who will be silently marching from Ypsilanti’s water tower, starting at 9:00 AM, to the building on Michigan Avenue where, 150 years ago, […]

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Three ways to turn a local kid on to reading and change the world for the better

I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of books lately. First it was the conversation I had with New York Times bestselling author Shaka Senghor about his discovery of literature in prison and how transformative that was for him. Then, a little bit after that, I heard local historian Matt Siegfried, standing in front […]

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Ypsi High students to honor the contributions of local women throughout history in new mural

As you may have noticed, a number of local high school students have been working on a new mural in downtown Ypsilanti these past few weeks. What follows is a brief conversation with their Ypsi High art teacher Lynne Settles about the project, how it came about, and the positive effect it’s having on her […]

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