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Kalamazoo Gazette – 1918

On WestSouthwest, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer tells us that Michiganders need "someone in their corner." And the impact of the 1918 flu pandemic in Kalamazoo.


Gordon Evans / WMUK

Former state lawmakers Gretchen Whitmer says “it’s been a while since Michiganders had someone in their corner.” Whitmer who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor says 2018 is a chance to “show the world who we are in Michigan.”


Payne family, private collection

The global flu pandemic of 1918 still stands out for its deadliness. It killed as many as 50 million people, which is far beyond the death toll of World War I. While no place was immune to the devastation, City of Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Coordinator Sharon Ferraro says some communities, including Kalamazoo, fared somewhat better than others.


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.


Earlene McMichael | WMUK

"Son, don't you ever forget the bridge that carried you across." Moses L. Walker recalls his mother often telling him that.

So Walker, a retired Borgess Medical Center executive who served multiple terms on the Kalamazoo City Commission and on many boards, says he always found ways to give back.

Now the Family Health Center in Kalamazoo has named the newest building at its headquarters after Walker. (Click icon to hear interview.)


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