Race

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Amway River Bank Run

The Amway River Bank Run is a right of spring. Since 1978, the River Bank Run is held the second weekend in May. But this year, the 44th annual downtown Grand Rapids race will move from May 8th to October 23rd.

The decision is based on participant health safety. Amway River Bank Run race director David Madiol said, “We feel delaying this year’s event to allow more participants and volunteers to be vaccinated will give us the chance to offer a safer and responsible in-person event.”

Allendale for Equality

The battle continues over the Civil War Statue inside Allendale Community Park. A local group, Allendale for Equality, debuted a billboard on Monday which features an image of the structure’s Confederate soldier and reads “Remove the Racist Confederate Statue.”

The statue sits in the community park’s Garden of Honor and depicts one Union soldier and one Confederate soldier standing back-to-back, with a child slave at their feet reaching for sign that reads “freedom to slaves.”

Peter Meijer portrait
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The race to fill the U.S. House seat in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District is favoring Republican Peter Meijer.

Meijer holds double-digit leads over Democratic challenger Hillary Scholten in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District representing portions of Barry, Kent, Calhoun, Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Still, Meijer explained, “It’s critical that we wait until the votes are counted. So, we have no declaration yet, but we are so proud of the outpouring of support that we’ve received from the community so far.”

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The Cascade Community Foundation that serves Cascade, Ada and Forest Hills is kicking off its first part of an ongoing series, entitled, “Community Q & A”.  The first feature tackles “Race in the Suburbs”. 

The idea is to promote an open dialogue and even education about race and culture.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a directive today to include training in how to recognize and guard against implicit bias for health care professionals.

The directive will require implicit bias training as a condition for health care professionals to be licensed or re-licensed to practice in Michigan.

Governor Whitmer said the problem is not new, but she said statistics that show differences in rates of coronavirus infections and deaths are stark proof that it exists.

Khyati Y. Joshi (Part I)

Jun 22, 2020
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Our guest is Khyati Y. Joshi.  Khyati joins us to discuss her new book, ‘White Christian Privilege: The Illusion of Religious Equality in America.’

Khyati Y. Joshi is a Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and author of ‘New Roots in America’s Sacred Ground: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in Indian America,’ and co-editor of ‘Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice.’

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Michigan State Police

Two white men say they were the victims of illegal retaliation after objecting to efforts to diversify the Michigan State Police. Michael Caldwell and Robert Hahn filed lawsuits in federal court. They said they voiced objections after state police Director Joe Gasper told command officers that the department was "way too white and way too male." Caldwell was eventually demoted and Hahn was fired. State police say they violated policy related to the promotion process. Caldwell and Hahn say racial and gender preferences in public employment violate the state and U.S.

Grand Rapids Marathon

Oct 14, 2019

The Grand Rapids Marathon is this weekend and runners from Guiding Light are participating in the relay. We talk to Guiding Light's Starla McDermott and runner Daniel I.

The Loving versus Virginia Supreme Court Case of 1967 ruled in favor of Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple who married in 1958 unaware it was illegal.

The Supreme Court case struck down anti-miscegenation laws nationwide declaring it a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

 

Edye Evans Hyde, director of Ebony Road Players, hosts an annual June 12th celebration honoring Loving Day.

 

Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run

Kent County Girls on the Run soon presents their culminating 5k run, and soon welcomes a new Executive Director. Board Member Megan Sall is our guest.

The Fred

Apr 3, 2019

The popular Fred Meijer running relay, "The Fred," has transferred ownership to the West Michigan Trails and Greenways Coalition. John Morrison and Doug Bostian join us to talk about it.

Irish Jig 5k

Mar 6, 2019

The annual Irish Jig 5k takes place on March 16th, this long standing East Grand Rapids 5k kicks off the race season. We talk to Race Director Kelsey Haynes this morning.

Anna Clark, author "The poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy"
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In part two of my interview with Anna Clark, author of the new book The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy. We talk about how race played a role in the Flint Water Crisis.

According to a new study, eliminating racial disparities in Michigan would generate billions of dollars over the next 30 years. Written in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, “The Business Case for Racial Equity in Michigan" found that eliminating racial disparities in health, education, incarceration, and employment would generate $92 billion in economic output by 2050.

Ani Turner is a co-author of the study. 

It's a relay that brings awareness and fitness to Mental Health.  Meg Derrer from Hope Network Foundation joins us to discuss the 1 in 5 Marathon Relay the evening of June 8.

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