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Radio Made in Michigan
1:55 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Current State #147 | August 28, 2013

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Michigan was first state to mandate civil rights commission in its constitution

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.
Credit Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The year 1963 was a pivotal one for civil rights in America.  There was the March on Washington, the murder of activist Medgar Evers and the forced integration of the University of Alabama. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:53 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

MPRN’s Rick Pluta Updates Senate Medicaid Decision

The plan Michigan lawmakers approved will provide Medicaid health care coverage to 470,000 low-income residents.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

 

A controversial measure that would expand Medicaid health coverage to more than 400-thousand Michigan citizens passed the state Senate last night.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:52 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Impact of Malcolm X in Lansing, his hometown

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.
Credit Kevin Lavery / WKAR

 

 

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:49 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Dr. Lee June recalls Civil Rights Era

Dr. Lee June attended Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in the early 1960's. He's visiting Washington this week as a member of the Lansing area Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission.
Credit Courtesy Michigan State University

 

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.  

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:40 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Gateway Community Services

Credit Courtesy of Gateway Community Services

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.

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