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The Director of Western Michigan University's Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations says the Kalamazoo Promise is making a difference. But Tim Ready says addressing poverty and inequality means also addressing factors outside of school. 

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On June 18th,  the Douglass Community Association’s Youth Advisory Council will premiere its original production of "Covert" at Kalamazoo College's Dalton Theatre. It's the culmination of more than a year of chronicling the lives of Kalamazoo's civil rights leaders, then combining them with poetry, music, and dance to create a simultaneously original and historical production.


Tonight wraps up the "Unequal Justice" series of forums sponsored by Western Michigan University's Institute for the Study for Race and Ethnic Relations. For the last two months, the series has sought to raise awareness and generate solutions to America's high incarceration rate, particularly of people of color. The forum at 7 p.m. today, the fourth and final installment, is titled "Re-Imagining Kalamazoo With Justice for All." Officials will present several proposals for input.

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A year of behind-the-scenes work is culminating today in the City of Kalamazoo's first event as part of its new Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo initiative aimed at reducing poverty, especially among children. At 7 o'clock tonight, officials invite the public to hear a message of hope and strategy from Richard V. Reeves, a senior fellow in economic studies at The Brookings Institution. He speaks at the Fetzer Center on the Western Michigan University campus. 

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Did you know the United States has the highest rate of incarceration of any country? And that a disproportionate number of the imprisoned are people of color? The reasons might surprise you. Western Michigan University’s Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations has been tackling these questions through its four-part “Unequal Justice” series of forums. Tuesday's program deals with challenges of the ex-offender, whose numbers are rising. Local officials say that by helping those leaving prison, in the end, we make our streets safer.