April 19 2017
To build support for legalization and discourage locales from restricting marijuana businesses, the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act is studded with sweeteners — an array of fees...
Jan. 11 2017
MSU’s Jazz Studies program celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a pair of concerts featuring MSU’s student jazz octets, as well as jazz faculty and special guests. “It’s...
Mosaic project honors civil rights activist
Dec. 14 2016
Other than a few street signs and a historical marker, this is little evidence of the nearly 15 years Malcolm X spent in Lansing. But a new community art project is hoping to offer a new perspective on...
Nov. 16 2016
Since becoming an activist 19 years ago, I have been advocating that more transgender and non-conforming individuals be open about their experiences. This lack of openness has put us 10 years behind the...
Event celebrates 150th anniversary of Michigan soldiers returning from the Civil War
July 6 2016
“We’ll rally ‘round the flag, boys.” These lyrics, from George Frederick Root’s 1862 song “Battle Cry of Freedom,” were more than just patriotic fluff for the...
Robert Green reflects on decades of civil rights activism
Jan. 13 2016
In a date book kept by civil rights leader and former MSU Professor Robert L. Green, a simple note, dated April 4, 1968, brings back a flood of memories. The entry reads, “MLK shot and killed.”
Historian offers a rare look at historic battle flags
April 22 2015
At a recent Civil War roundtable commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Chicago historian Matt VanAcker pulled out a battle flag from the 24th Michigan “Iron Brigade,”...
Sharpton challenges Wharton Center crowd to make more black history
March 4 2015
As about 600 people assembled to hear a speech by the Rev. Al Sharpton at Michigan State University´s Wharton Center Feb. 26, several attendees noted, with a touch of regret, that they were missing...
Descendant of vilified Civil War doctor kicks off month of Civil War events
April 8 2015
The Historical Society of Greater Lansing and local partners are pulling out all the stops for a monthlong series of events and exhibits, turning up a surprising number of Lansing-area connections to one...
MLK ‘Women in Jazz’ concert was earthy, eminent and oh-so-stylish
Jan. 22 2014
MLK ‘Women in Jazz’ concert was earthy, eminent and oh-so-stylish It’s hard to believe that “Jazz: Spirituals, Prayers and Protest,” MSU’s annual Martin Luther King...
Graphic novel illustrator recreates life of civil rights hero in comic form
Feb. 19 2014
There are no capes, masks or superhuman abilities in the graphic novel “March: Book One.” But there is a hero: Georgia congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, 73, the book’s co-author....
'Nonviolent tactics are the best political tactics'
Feb. 27 2013
"Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey" is an annual lecture series featuring icons of the African-American struggle for civil rights. Rev. James Lawson, 84, is the final speaker in the series. Time...
Daughter of civil rights icons: 'We have a moral obligation to help others'
Feb. 6 2013
"Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey" is an annual lecture series commemorating Black History Month. Three different speakers will be featured who have become icons of the African-American struggle...
’Music History’ examines romance in the era of the Civil Rights fight
Nov. 10 2010
Sandra Seaton would like to put a different spin on the way the African- American experience is generally presented on stage.Seaton’s "Music History" is a drama with a few musical touches, reflecting...
May 6 2009
The Republican chairwoman in Kent County found herself a hole to crawl into last week after she uninvited Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman for a speaking engagement. Her presumed reasoning? Huntsman supports civil...

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