civil rights

After threats and armed protests, BIPOC lawmakers still struggle to get GOP leaders to address racial justice

BY: and - February 4, 2021

State Rep. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) grew up during the 1980s and 1990s and remembers watching in astonishment the awarding-winning PBS documentary series, “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement.” The African American lawmaker was raised in a Capital City community where whites and people of color interacted, for the most part, without incident. “What […]


Susan J. Demas: A Biden presidency offers a return to normalcy. But first, there must be justice.

BY: - January 21, 2021

Two weeks after barbarians stormed the People’s House with Confederate and Trump flags, Nazi slogans and guns, on the hunt for the vice president, speaker of the House and other officials in a violent attempt to overthrow the incoming government, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took their oaths of office. After watching […]

Here’s what Biden plans to do on his first day as president

BY: - January 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden early Wednesday unveiled the list of executive orders, memos and directives he will make when he assumes the presidency later in the day, reversing a slew of Trump administration actions and laying out new policies of his own. “These actions are bold, begin the work of following through on President-elect […]


Column: Republican praise of Martin Luther King sounds even more hollow and hypocritical now

BY: - January 18, 2021

There’s a long list of Republicans who ought not part their lips this holiday to praise Martin Luther King Jr., to quote from his most famous speech or suggest in any way that they know anything about content of character.  That list includes the 138 Republicans in the U.S. House and the six Republicans in […]

Detroit NAACP leader on Trump: ‘We just want his ass out’ 

BY: and - January 9, 2021

During a Michigan Advance interview this week, Detroit NAACP President Wendell Anthony called for the immediate ousting of President Donald Trump following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to stop the 2020 presidential election from being certified for President-elect Joe Biden. Members of the mob waved Confederate flags in the building and donned […]

The best Advance stories you might have missed in 2020

BY: - December 31, 2020

Quotable of the Year: “I have grave concerns about our legislators, and the press, everybody else who works at the Capitol. … I know that schools aren’t doing the same types of activities that they used to, but if things don’t change, I mean, my kids went and visited the state Capitol and I signed […]

Whitmer grants clemency to 4 prisoners

BY: - December 23, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday that she is granting clemency to four Michigan prisoners who were incarcerated for nonviolent and drug-related crimes. “As a former prosecutor, I recognize how critical it is to take steps toward a smarter and more equitable justice system. Over the last two years, we’ve worked with leaders on both sides […]

Historymaker: McConnell becomes first African-American legislator in Grosse Pointe Park 

BY: - December 2, 2020

Updated, 12:54 p.m., 12/2/20 Darci McConnell was born in 1967.* That was just one year after A. Gordon Wright, a lawyer and federal government official, bought a two-story red brick Colonial home in Grosse Pointe Woods. He was the first Black person to purchase a home in one of the five Grosse Pointe communities, which […]


Ken Coleman: Granny is too important to risk sitting with at the Thanksgiving dinner table

BY: - November 26, 2020

It’s Thanksgiving and like millions of other families we are not celebrating the holiday with extended family and friends. Following the advice of medical professionals and government officials, our family has chosen to not gather for a large dinner involving several households on Thursday but to have a virtual gathering via the Internet. Each year, […]

LGBTQ voters relieved about Biden win, uncertain over the future of their rights

BY: - November 13, 2020

Feelings of relief, but not necessarily joy, filled the hearts and minds of some Michigan LGBTQ voters following the 2020 presidential election. “I’m still processing what’s going on,” said Grace Koepele, a non-binary recent college graduate from Ann Arbor. “I love celebrating wins and milestones, big and small, but there is still a lot of […]

Civil rights leaders: Pro-Trump protesters used ‘terror tactics’ trying to stop vote counting in Detroit

BY: - November 5, 2020

The day after President Trump-supporting activists carried out a demonstration at the site where presidential campaign votes were being counted in Detroit, civil rights leaders on Thursday responded to the melee.  Dozens of GOP activists on Wednesday chanted, “Stop the count!” both inside and outside of TCF Center, Detroit’s vote counting site. Republicans recruited people […]

Justice Dept. sending staff to monitor polling places in Michigan, 17 other states

BY: - November 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice will have staffers on the ground in 44 counties and cities across 18 states on Election Day, monitoring for violations of federal voting-rights laws — fewer states than in 2016. The localities this year are in battlegrounds like Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. […]