Civil Rights

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The state Department of Civil Rights is now accepting complaints from people who say they’ve faced discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, it’s also getting ready to defend its right to do so.


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A Michigan State University alum who was at the center of a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement will be this year’s MSU Homecoming Grand Marshal. 

 


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Several events are happening around Michigan today to remember the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. On the campus of Michigan State University, observers  gathered to recreate a march that took place in 1968, the day after King’s death. WKAR's Karel Vega has more.

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The Greater Lansing Area Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission will hold a ceremony this evening to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination.

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Michigan State University says it will post 12 jobs to fill an office that will focus on sexual assault prevention and other services related to civil rights.

Michigan State University outdoor sign
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Michigan State University says it will post 12 jobs to fill an office that will focus on sexual assault prevention and other services related to civil rights.

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Civil Rights icon Dolores Huerta was in East Lansing Tuesday as part of Michigan State University’s eighth annual César E. Chávez Commemorative Celebration. WKAR’s Karel Vega has more.


LGBT rights groups are blasting Governor Rick Snyder’s appointment of an anti-gay minister to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, the governor is standing by the appointment.


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Crowds are taking to the streets for a women's march in central Michigan, one of many demonstrations around the globe this weekend.

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Lansing officials have planned a ceremonial unveiling of signs reflecting the renaming of a section of roadway for civil rights activist Cesar Chavez.

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This Thursday, you’re invited to join WKAR for a free screening and discussion about the film I Am Not Your Negro. The Oscar nominee for Best Documentary is billed as an examination of race in America through the words of author James Baldwin. 


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The state department of Civil Rights wants you to know that it is a resource for filing sexual harassment claims. Director Dr. Agustin Arbulu spoke on "Morning Edition with Brooke Allen" on Thursday.  


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Several items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks have been surrendered by her former attorney in Detroit as part of a bankruptcy case against him, though several items are still missing.

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Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) talked with WKAR Digital News Director Reginald Hardwick about what keeps him going and what gives him hope during a recent appearance at Michigan State University.


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After addressing a standing-room only crowd at Michigan State University Thursday evening, the daughter of civil rights icon Malcolm X made a personal journey in Lansing Friday morning.

 


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