Karen Grigsby Bates http://michiganradio.org en Killed For Taking Part In 'Everybody's Fight' http://michiganradio.org/post/killed-taking-part-everybodys-fight <em>For the past few months, NPR has been commemorating the monumental summer of 1963 by looking at watershed moments in the civil rights movement. In this three-part series, Karen Grigsby Bates talks with the children of civil rights leaders who lost their lives in the battle for racial equality. </em><p>In an obscure corner of Detroit, there's a battered playground honoring a civil rights martyr. It has an overgrown baseball field, some missing swings and on a broken fence, a worn, wooden sign.<p>"It's all tore up and definitely could use at least a paint job," says Sally Liuzzo-Prado. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:41:54 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 13934 at http://michiganradio.org Killed For Taking Part In 'Everybody's Fight' The 40-Year-Old Photo That Gives Us A Reason To Smile http://michiganradio.org/post/40-year-old-photo-gives-us-reason-smile In late July 1973, <a href="http://www.crachiola.com/" target="_blank">Joseph Crachiola</a> was wandering the streets of Mount Clemens, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, with his camera. As a staff photographer for the <em>Macomb Daily,</em> he was expected to keep an eye out for good feature images — "those little slices of life that can stand on their own."<p>The slice of life he caught that day was a picture of five young friends in a rain-washed alley in downtown Mount Clemens. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:52:07 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 13598 at http://michiganradio.org The 40-Year-Old Photo That Gives Us A Reason To Smile Tuskegee Airmen: 'Rock Stars' of American History http://michiganradio.org/post/tuskegee-airmen-rock-stars-american-history Harry Stewart looks around the slowly filling ballroom in an Orlando, Fla., hotel and brightens.<p>"I haven't seen some of these guys in over 66 years," he says. "Some I haven't seen since I entered the service, and others since I left at the end of the war. This is very exciting."<p>The war Stewart is referring to is World War II, when the Army was still segregated. Stewart is part of a reunion of Red Tail pilots, members of the 332nd Fighter Group. Mon, 11 Apr 2011 21:19:49 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 2029 at http://michiganradio.org Tuskegee Airmen: 'Rock Stars' of American History