Michigan history

William Lambert photo
Detroit Public Library / Burton Historical Collection

The story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad was recently turned into the biographical film “Harriet”. The film, which chronicles Tubman’s efforts to help enslaved African-Americans escape to free states, went on to be nominated at the 2020 Academy Awards.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with historian Ken Coleman via Facetime about abolitionist William Lambert and Detroit’s connection to the Underground Railroad.


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Former Michigan State University President John DiBiaggio has died. He was MSU’s 17th president, serving from 1985 to 1992.


Motown
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Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. is donating $4 million toward a project to expand a museum housed in the Detroit building where he built his music empire, officials announced Wednesday.

Lee Iacocca's Legacy

Jul 3, 2019
Lee Iacocca
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A giant of the American automotive industry has died. Lee Iacocca was 94. WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks about Iacocca’s legacy with Paul Eisenstein of TheDetroitBureau.com.


Tim Retzloff photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

The police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City fifty years ago this week, and the ensuing violence, is often credited with sparking the modern gay rights movement. To mark the 50th anniversary, WKAR is exploring gay life in Michigan in those days.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks about that with Tim Retzloff of MSU’s Center for Gender in Global Context. He’s a historian who has done extensive research on gay and lesbian history.


It’s been 65 years since WKAR-TV went on the air as Michigan’s first non-commercial, or as it was known at the time, educational, television station.

The January-February issue of Michigan History magazine includes a story about WKAR-TV’s earliest days.


This week, the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame will consider the status of an inductee who has pleaded guilty to embezzlement. Marylou Olivarez Mason was inducted into the Hall in 2014, honored for founding Michigan Hispanic Heritage Month.


Gene and Maya Washington photo
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Gene Washington is one of MSU’s greatest football heroes. He was one of the African-American players recruited by coach Duffy Daugherty out of the deep south in the 1960s, integrating college football and winning national championships.

Washington’s daughter, Maya, has made a documentary film about her father, his teammates, and what their history means to modern-day players. It’s called “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar.” It will debut this weekend at the FREEP Film Festival in Detroit.


Megan Malone at Williams Hall photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

There are six student dormitories on West Circle Drive on the MSU campus, and all six are named for notable women in the school’s history.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl met up with MSU archivist Megan Malone for a Women’s History Month walk around West Circle Drive to learn about these six women. They started at Williams Hall.


R.E. Olds Museum Executive Director Bill Adcock signs papers to complete building purchase photo
R.E. Olds Museum photo

The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum has completed the purchase of its building and property from the city of Lansing for $2.

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