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State Sen. Mike Shirkey (R) Clarklake
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Democratic lawmakers are criticizing remarks by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake). 

Underground Railroad, Vandalia, wagon
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The Underground Railroad was a salvation from unrelenting violence forced upon millions of African-Americans since 1619. A southwest Michigan community served as a stop on the way to freedom.


people eating lunch
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The city of Lansing has kicked off its annual Juneteenth celebration.

 


Journalist's Book Examines Slavery's Connection to 2018

Feb 12, 2018
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

WKAR's Reginald Hardwick talked with Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley about her new book The Burden African-Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery. During a recent visit to Michigan State University, Riley explained why the lack of discussion about slavery and its affects on African-Americans are still being felt today and hurting the United States' ability to move forward as a whole. 


Manumission photo 1
Courtesy photo / Ben Hall

The Michigan Historical Center recently got a special donation: the manumission papers of Frank Demas, who likely bought his freedom from a slave owner in Kentucky before settling in Mason, were donated by his family. We hear from state archivist Mark Harvey and Ben Hall, a Lansing musician and descendant of Demas, about this rare piece of history.


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