civil rights

Detroit schools strengthen civics course by including people of color, community engagement

BY: - May 24, 2022

During a social studies class at the all-girls Detroit International Academy, 10th grade students last week learned about a historic student protest that occurred in April 1966 at Detroit Northern High School.  The students took turns reading passages via laptop computer and discussed the incident with their teacher on Wednesday. They learned that the Northern […]

On this day in 1972: Segregationist George Wallace wins Mich. Democratic presidential primary 

BY: - May 16, 2022

Former Alabama Gov. George Wallace — who once declared, “I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever” — won the Michigan Democratic Presidential Primary on May 16, 1972, with ease.   He outpaced former Vice President Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota, U.S. Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota and U.S. Rep. Shirley Chisholm of New York City, […]

On this day in 1968: RFK visits Detroit just before fatal shooting

BY: - May 15, 2022

On May 15, 1968, presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.) toured Detroit — only 23 days before he was killed in Los Angeles. The five-hour visit came as the race for the Democratic nomination was heating up. Vice President Hubert Humphrey, also a Democratic presidential candidate, held a campaign stop in Detroit the […]

On this day in 1968: MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign rallies in Detroit

BY: - May 13, 2022

On May 13, 1968, Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign was carried out without him in Detroit. America’s leading civil rights leader was murdered on April 4 of that year.  The objective of the national effort was to gain “economic justice” for poor people in the United States. It was organized by King and the […]

On this day in 1948: The U.S. Supreme Court sides with Detroit Black homeowners

BY: - May 3, 2022

On May 3, 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a set of decisions that allowed a Black family in Detroit to remain in their home after a white neighborhood association moved to force them out.  The property deed connected to Orsel and Minnie McGhee’s 4626 Seebaldt Street west side home, which they purchased in […]

Congress expands Brown v. Board of Education historic site beyond Kansas

BY: - April 27, 2022

The U.S. House cleared a bill Tuesday that would expand the Kansas site honoring the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning school segregation, adding National Park Service sites in other states to commemorate their roles in the decision as well. The bill would designate sites related to school desegregation cases in Virginia, Delaware, South Carolina and the District […]

On this day in 1972: Michigan anti-busing activist rallies in the nation’s capital

BY: - April 27, 2022

On April 27, 1972, Pontiac anti-busing activist Irene McCabe arrived in Washington, D.C,. to demonstrate her opposition to public school efforts across the nation to racially integrate classrooms with white and Black students to achieve equality in resource distribution. There, McCabe’s National Action Group caravanned in automobiles and were met with eight members who walked […]

On this day in 1922: William Milliken, Michigan’s longest-serving governor, is born

BY: - March 26, 2022

One hundred years ago, William Milliken, the moderate Republican who signed landmark civil rights and environmental legislation, was born on March 26, 1922, in Traverse City.  The soft-spoken, low-key Milliken holds the distinction of being Michigan’s longest-serving chief executive, holding the office for 14 years. Long before the days of term limits, he served from […]

On this day in 1972: Michiganders attend the first Black political convention 

BY: - March 11, 2022

On March 11, 1972, the first Black U.S. political convention took place in Gary, Ind., and included several Michiganders.  It was spearheaded by Democratic Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher, leftist poet and activist Amiri Baraka, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Charles Diggs, Jr. of Detroit — all African Americans. The conference, held over three days (March 10, […]


Column: Solidarity, community will counter anti-transgender efforts

BY: - March 4, 2022

American moms and dads are being punished for loving their transgender children. Stop and think about that. The LGBTQ community is on the verge of access to vital familial and societal acceptance, but from Lansing to Washington D.C., Republicans are impeding that progress — by prosecuting parents. On Feb. 22, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued […]

U.S. House panel hears from DHS about problems with ‘remain in Mexico’ immigration policy

BY: - March 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials outlined to House members on Wednesday problems with a Trump-era immigration policy that federal courts are forcing the agency to follow. One of the Department of Homeland Security officials, Blas Nuñez-Neto, said that the court-ordered Migrant Protection Protocols is a flawed policy program and the agency believes […]

Nessel has support from her past opponents in latest LGBTQ rights fight

BY: - March 1, 2022

Ahead of Attorney General Dana Nessel’s argument before the Michigan Supreme Court Wednesday defending protections for sexual orientation in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA), she has the support of the legal team who opposed her on one of the biggest LGBTQ cases in Michigan history years ago.  “It’s wonderful. I think state government should […]