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Despite growing up in the strictly segregated world of 1940’s Detroit, Dennis Archer put himself through college and law school through determination and a lot of hard work. He was the first person of color to become president of the American Bar Association, and of the State Bar of Michigan, which once banned African Americans from joining. Archer became the associate justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and then was twice elected mayor of Detroit. He's co-written his autobiography, Let the Future Begin (Atkins & Greenspan Writing, 2017) with journalist and TV host Elizabeth Ann Atkins.


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Andrew Rathbun, director of the Advanced Jazz Ensemble, and composer/programmer Christopher Biggs, both School of Music faculty at Western Michigan University, talk about their first-time collaboration. It has resulted in a concert of works for the Advanced Jazz Ensemble plus digital process and live electronics, played by Christopher Biggs. They describe just how the electronic sounds and processing dovetails with the music, in an interview with Cara Lieurance.  

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In her new novel, Thisbe Nissen delves deep into the midlife crisis of a 50-year-old woman. Yes, women have them, too. Our Lady of the Prairie (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018) is Nissen’s third novel, along with a story collection and a cookbook.


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The city of Kalamazoo is hosting its 16th annual day of service for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. 

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The Reverend Jonathan Tremaine Thomas says an African-American like him, who is married to a white women can lose his “black card.” Thomas says he decided to “sell out” again and moved from Indianapolis to St. Louis in 2014. 


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