NAACP http://michiganradio.org en Commemorative Freedom Walk celebrates 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. speech http://michiganradio.org/post/commemorative-freedom-walk-celebrates-50th-anniversary-martin-luther-king-jr-speech <p>Just as his father did fifty years ago, Martin Luther King III will address an expected march of thousands in Detroit.</p><p>This year Detroit celebrates the 50th anniversary of the day Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. <a href="http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_speech_at_the_great_march_on_detroit">stood before 25,000 people at Cobo Hall in Detroit</a> and declared, "I have a dream this afternoon." This was just two months before the historic March on Washington.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 19:15:17 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12975 at http://michiganradio.org Commemorative Freedom Walk celebrates 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. speech Lawsuit next week to challenge Michigan's emergency manager law http://michiganradio.org/post/lawsuit-next-week-challenge-michigans-emergency-manager-law <p>DETROIT (AP) - Leaders of the Detroit branch of the NAACP say they'll file a lawsuit next week challenging Michigan's emergency manager law.<br><br>The law has allowed Gov. Rick Snyder to put managers in Detroit and other struggling cities and school districts. Critics plan to talk Monday outside the federal courthouse in Detroit.<br><br>Other legal challenges have not been successful. An Ingham County judge in April threw out a lawsuit that claimed lawmakers violated the Open Meetings Act when it approved the bill in December.<br> Sat, 11 May 2013 15:55:00 +0000 The Associated Press 12528 at http://michiganradio.org Lawsuit next week to challenge Michigan's emergency manager law Pelosi: Detroit 'still engaged in a great freedom walk' http://michiganradio.org/post/pelosi-detroit-still-engaged-great-freedom-walk <p>Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, says Detroit is "still engaged in a great freedom walk … and a campaign to preserve the dignity of all Americans."</p><p>Pelosi made the remarks as the featured speaker for the Detroit NAACP’s 56th annual gathering last night. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:20:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12319 at http://michiganradio.org Pelosi: Detroit 'still engaged in a great freedom walk' Detroit NAACP celebrates 100 years, talks future of civil rights at annual dinner http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-naacp-celebrates-100-years-talks-future-civil-rights-annual-dinner <p>The Detroit branch of the NAACP held its annual &ldquo;Fight for Freedom fund&rdquo; dinner last night.<br /><br /> There was celebration of the branch&rsquo;s centennial anniversary this year. But there was also grave concern over continuing civil rights struggles.<br /><br /> The dinner is traditionally one of the Detroit NAACP&rsquo;s largest&mdash;and most lucrative&mdash;events.<br /><br /> This year, it drew thousands of people, including much of Michigan&rsquo;s political and business elite.<br /> Mon, 07 May 2012 04:11:45 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7361 at http://michiganradio.org People in Benton Harbor disagree about what’s best for the city http://michiganradio.org/post/people-benton-harbor-disagree-about-what%E2%80%99s-best-city <p>Politicians and <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/27/us/27michigan.html">national media </a>have been parachuting into Benton Harbor lately. They&rsquo;re talking about the city&rsquo;s emergency manager, Joe Harris. <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-emf-takes-action">Harris was the first emergency manager</a> in Michigan to exercise broad new powers under a state law passed last month, essentially removing power from elected city officials.</p><p>This week I&nbsp;sat down with&nbsp;many of those officials and Benton Harbor residents to hear what they think of the situation.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-966238.mp3 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 21:44:31 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2274 at http://michiganradio.org People in Benton Harbor disagree about what’s best for the city