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What do your bank, the library and your employer have in common? At some point they have probably all asked you for some ID.

You might have also shown an ID card to fill a prescription, or to pick up your kids from school.

That’s no problem if you have a state ID such as a driver’s license. But for millions of Americans, state identification is out of reach. 


On WestSouthwest, we examine the role of women in the civil rights movement. And preview the confirmation hearing for Secretary of Education as well as the State of the State Address.

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The Executive Director of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College says in the history of the civil rights movement women have become symbols, rather than recognized for their work. Mia Henry says many women made valuable contributions in the fight for civil rights. 

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The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta says “Absent some cataclysmic turn of events” Betsy DeVos’ nomination as Secretary of Education won’t be derailed. But he says her confirmation hearings represent a debate over education policy. 


On WestSouthwest, two segments on social justice events in Kalamazoo. A discussion of "America Divided" is scheduled for Tuesday in Kalamazoo. A Day of Learning and Action will take place at Western Michigan University on Monday.