Kalamazoo Community Foundation

WestSouthwest: Tuesday is National Day of Racial Healing

Kalamazoo is among communities participating in the second annual National Day of Racial Day of Healing on Tuesday, Jan. 16th. The city has recognized the day with a proclamation, says Lanna Lewis of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation , who is a guest today on WMUK's WestSouthwest ( listen now, below ). The day has local roots. Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation started it last year to focus the country's attention on combating structural racism, as it launched its new Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation long-term initiative in 14 cities, including Kalamazoo .

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Jazz Currents: In The Studio With MOSS

MOSS is probably best described as a collaborative project rather than a band. It brings together five top contemporary vocalists to create, in a short space of time, song arrangements that draw from a wide palette of styles and techniques. Each of the five - Jo Lawry , Lauren Kinhan , Kate McGarry , Theo Bleckmann , and Peter Eldridge - have unique talents and directions: Kinhan and Eldridge are part of New York Voices, Jo Lawry collaborates with Sting, Theo Bleckmann makes use of electronics in his solo ECM albums, and Kate McGarry often draws on her folk music background. Their kinship is based on recognizing their shared strengths and unique differences. In 2008, with original member/founder Luciana de Souza (Lawry is her replacement), the five singers made a now-classic album, Moss . Only in recent months have their professional lives allowed them to focus on a follow-up project. Western Michigan University, and Gold Company director Greg Jasperse, who arranged a WMU residency for the quintet, has played an important role in reuniting the singers and offering them the chance to work on new music. In the studio at WMUK, they sing new works and favorite from their first album, with Jazz Currents host Keith Hall leading them through a musical conversation.

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Legal bills are adding up for the state prosecuting and defending public officials related to the Flint water crisis. The state's largest teachers union endorses former state lawmaker Gretchen Whitmer for governor. A WMU defenseman picks up a weekly honor from the NCHC. 

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(MPRN-Lansing)  The legislature is once again at odds with the governor. This time it’s over what to do about the new federal tax law. 

Forester Ben Savoie looks closely at a dying cherry tree. The field he's standing in used to be farmland and very few species of plants are growing there.
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Extreme temperatures are hard on plants. They’re not used to having frost one day and 60-degree temperatures the next. But just like people will huddle together for warmth, plant species have strength in numbers. New research suggests that biodiversity — or a good variety of plants and animals — is about as important as climate for a healthy ecosystem. 


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

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. 


Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Kalamazoo is among communities participating in the second annual National Day of Racial Day of Healing on Tuesday, Jan. 16th. The city has recognized the day with a proclamation, says Lanna Lewis of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, who is a guest today on WMUK's WestSouthwest (listen now, below). 

The day has local roots. Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation started it last year to focus the country's attention on combating structural racism, as it launched its new Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation long-term initiative in 14 cities, including Kalamazoo.


Kalamazoo County health officials encourage people to get their flu shot. Michigan's State Treasurer says lawmakers should be careful about fixing a problem that could cause a state income tax increase. WMU gets victories for men's tennis and gymnastics. 

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Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether police officers can photograph and fingerprint someone because they don’t have an ID. 

Lawmakers Kick Off 2018 With Wide Array Of Bills

Jan 15, 2018
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Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) Sexual harassment by public officials is one of the topics lawmakers are looking to tackle this term. 

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The city of Kalamazoo is hosting its 16th annual day of service for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. 

Battle Creek Schools enters an agreement with the Michigan Department of Education. Republican state lawmakers want to limit deed restrictions on public school buildings. 

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