"Michigan ranks as among the worst states in the nation for the performance of African American students, according to a report out today from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation." (Detroit Free Press)

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Historian and Archeologist Cheryl LaRoche says she likes to look into legends and lore, stories that have been refuted about slavery and the Underground Railroad. 

A protest that featured police and protesters smashing into tables and wrestling on the ground is not the best way to get the University of Michigan to address diversity issues, university regents said. "It does a great disservice to this important cause," Regent Mark Bernstein, a Democrat who has chaired the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, said. "It's essential that students engage in this vital issue in a way that is civil and productive. These types of tactics don't do that." (Detroit Free Press)

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Author Debby Irving says she knew what "box to check," but still had to learn that as a white person, she belongs to a race. 


The featured speaker for this year's ISAAC Banquet in Kalamazoo says the "Pittsburgh Promise" and similar programs create "wonderful opportunities." But the Reverend John C. Welch says challenges remain for poorer families to take full advantage of free college.