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Elected leaders and civil rights organizers join Sheriff Clayton to discuss the policing of communities of color at Unity Town Hall

This evening I attended the Unity Town Hall at Eastern Michigan Union, during which Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Black Lives Matter Organizer Myles McGuire, Wahstenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton, Mark Fancher of the Michigan ACLU’s Racial Justice Project, and Washtenaw County Prosecutor Brian Mackie sat before an audience of about 250, responding to questions about civil […]

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Nkrumah Steward on befriending the descendant of those who enslaved his ancestors, local African-American officers talk about life at the intersection of “black and blue”, and detective Ira Todd on the strange case of Davonte Sanford …on this weekend’s Saturday Six Pack

We’ll start off this Saturday evening’s episode of the Saturday Six Pack with Canton writer Nkrumah Steward. If Steward’s name sounds familiar, it’s likely because a recent story of his, about traveling back to the South Carolina plantation where his ancestors had been slaves, has spread like wildfire this past week. From People Magazine to […]

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Who are the women in the new Historical Women of Ypsilanti mural?

A few days ago I posted an interview here with Ypsi High art teacher Lynne Settles about a new mural on the subject of local women’s history that she and her students had been working on in downtown Ypsilanti. Well, as the formal unveiling of the piece is set to take place tomorrow at 6:00 […]

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Two awesome teen murals unveiled in Ypsilanti in just one week’s time

On last night’s episode of the Saturday Six Pack, I talked with Ypsi Community Schools (YCS) art teacher Lynne Settles, an Ypsi High student by the name of Paris, Jackson-based artist Douglas Jones, and local historian Matt Siegfried about a new mural that, thanks to their tireless efforts, and the efforts of a good many […]

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HP Jacobs, runaway slave turned state senator, doctor and university founder, recognized in Ypsilanti

Earlier this year, in the second installment of our interview with local historian Matt Siegfried on slavery, the fight for emancipation, and the role played by Ypsilantians in that struggle, we heard the story of a man named HP Jacobs, a runaway slave from Alabama who made his way to Ypsilanti, became a janitor at […]

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