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Jeremy Sabella says the philosopher Reinhold Niebuhr is one of the few figures that liberals and conservatives both want to claim as one of their own.


Kalamazoo's oldest church bell sits in the lobby of First Congregational Church, waiting to be restored.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

This is the oldest church bell in Kalamazoo. It was made in 1836 and brought here by ox cart - just a few years after the village that would become Kalamazoo was founded. 


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. 


Courtesy of Robert Weir

Robert Weir was “a little too young” to participate in the civil rights movement. Since he grew up in a rural, all-white area in Michigan, he didn’t know much about the movement until Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated. Weir has since written about civil rights, and recently joined a pilgrimage to key sites in three southern states. The Living Legacy Pilgrimage is a bus tour through Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama.


WMUK

Alice Tregay worked to help desegregate Chicago’s schools, became a political activist who worked to help the help elect the city’s first African-American mayor and helped inspire a young man named Barack Obama long before he came the nation’s first black President. Yet her story is largely unknown. 


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