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

Courtesy photo | Southern Poverty Law Center

If it seems like hate is increasing, it is. So says the Southern Poverty Law Center that has been monitoring domestic hate for nearly half a century.

Within 10 days of November's presidential election, about 850 incidences of hate and racial intimidation were reported to the center, says outreach director Lecia Brooks.

It rose to over 1,800 by March of this year. Brooks headlines the Kalamazoo Summit on Racism on Nov. 17 in Kalamazoo.


Governor Rick Snyder - file photo
Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) Civil rights groups in Michigan are calling on Governor Rick Snyder to issue a stronger denunciation of comments by an elected official in northern Michigan calling for death to Muslims. 

Writer Robert Weir at the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama
Courtesy of Robert Weir

On WestSouthwest, we have a rebroadcast of an interview with Kalamazoo writer Robert Weir about a pilgrimage to key sites in the civil rights movement. 


Earlene McMichael | WMUK

When it was time for Kalamazoo College senior Kaylah "Kami" Simmons to choose a capstone project to do this year, she thought of a famous man she met in high school -- Hal Jackson. He's an African-American who broke the color barrier in radio in the '30s and is in several Halls of Fame. She didn't know his significance back then. Now a theater arts major with a media studies concentration who's contemplating a journalism career, Simmons wants more people to know about Jackson and this Saturday presents a reader's theater play inspired by his life. He died in 2012 at 96.


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