Today on Current State: Michigan Senate votes on Medicaid; Lansing delegation attends 50th anniversary of March on Washington; Dr. Lee June remembers Civil Rights Era; the legacy of Malcolm X in Lansing and our Neighbors in Action segment features Gateway Community Services.
Michigan Department of Civil Rights interim director Leslee Fritz stands outside the Jenison Field House at Michigan State University. The building was the site of the "Game of Change." On March 15, 1963, an integrated team from Loyola University defeated an all-white squad from Mississippi State University. The Mississippi team left their state in secret, in defiance of the governor and legislature.
Dennis Burnside co-founded the X Foundation, the group which successfully pushed for Main Street in Lansing to be re-named for Malcolm X. Lansing and New York City are the only two known cities in which streets named for Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. intersect.
The March on Washington in August 1963 was one of the largest mass protests ever held in the U.S. Its physical and spiritual leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., based his entire campaign on nonviolent resistance. But his strategy was not endorsed by everyone. Another giant of the civil rights era had other ideas about the African-American struggle.
In August of 1963, Lee June was a young college student. He was working in New Jersey that summer, though he attended one of the nation’s most prestigious historically black colleges in the South. Rather than attend the march, June instead came back to school.
Each Wednesday we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. This week's Neighbors in Action segment features Gateway Community Services, which has offered a wide array of services for the tri-county area’s at-risk youth for more than 40 years.
Gateway street outreach program manager Jennifer Cousineau and executive director Mark Morton join us to talk about their programs.