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LaKesha Clay

Local Rosa Parks Essay Contest winner explores bullying and police brutality

The City of Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission’s Rosa Parks Education Committee encourages students in grades 7 to 12 to write an essay about how to live out Mrs. Parks’ legacy by stepping outside of the bounds of their reality, taking risks, and shaping lives to make a difference.

George Bayard

Rapid Blog: GRAAMA founder explores African American history, blackface, and other stereotypes

Executive Director of the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives (GRAAMA) explores the importance of Black History and the deplorable role of blackface.

ACLU Dan Ho

Do you know your voting rights?: ACLU Voting Rights Project Director talks equity and participation

Visiting West Michigan on May 16 as the keynote speaker of the ACLU Standing Together for Justice Luncheon at Frederik Meijer Gardens, Ho aims to spread a message of increased voting rights through systems reform, encouraging states like Michigan to implement modern, equitable practices that make voting simple and accessible for all.

Tommy Allen

G-Sync: Listening and the city

"As I look on to the time ahead with Rapid Growth but also as a citizen of this city, I pledge to be a better listener, since it is clear that now is the time to engage in dialogue, not retreat in silence." - Publisher Tommy Allen.

FTjoejones

Rapid Blog: The power of collective voice: Speaking up, speaking out, and making real change

"Empathy and the commitment of not violating one’s dignity is where I believe we can find real, tangible solutions." In this week's Rapid Blog, Grand Rapids Second Ward Commissioner Joe Jones discusses empathy, community engagement, and the power of speaking up.
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