Items of potential interest to government documents librarians or government information managers in Michigan. For more information contact Jon Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Malcolm X speaks at Erickson Kiva on January 23, 1963, on the MSU campus, to students and faculty about race problems and the Black Muslim religion and its ideas. The speech is followed by answers to questions from the audience. A recording available in the MSU Library Vincent Voice Library.
The MSU Vincent Voice Library also has a June 22, 1963 recording of Malcolm X speaking at a Michigan State University press conference about the race problem, aims of Black Muslims, the Meredith case and Mississippi followed by various takes of the interview for an MSU film.
Malcolm X was one of the most influential and most polarizing figures of the civil rights era.
Beginning in the late 1950s, Malcolm became the public face of the Nation of Islam, fluently articulating the rage many blacks felt toward the unjust system in which they lived, preaching racial separation where others sought integration, self-defense where others advocated nonviolence.
But Malcolm broke with the Nation of Islam in 1964, and, after a trip to the Muslim holy city of Mecca later that year, began to believe that racial divisions could be overcome. He was assassinated on Feb. 21, 1965.
During his childhood, Malcolm X, aka Malcolm Little, also lived in Lansing and Mason, Michigan. Not that Lansing was particularly good to the young Malcolm Little.
It was here, in 1929 when Malcolm was 4 years old, that the home his family had purchased in a whites-only subdivision northwest of the city was burned to the ground.
His father was run over by a streetcar two years later, and Malcolm would grow up with rumors that his father had been murdered by a local white supremacist group called the Black Legion.
By the time he was 13, Malcolm's mother had been sent to the State Mental Hospital in Kalamazoo, and he and his brothers and sisters parceled out to foster homes.
Later in his life he returned for a short time at the end of World War II, making mattresses at Capital Bedding, sweeping floors at the Reo Motor Car Co., and working as a waiter at Coral Gables.
He also married his wife Betty X before a Justice of the Peace in Lansing on January 14, 1958.
Today there is one public marker of Malcolm's presence here, at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Vincent Court, the site of one of his childhood homes. And there is also an unofficial marker, the El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz Academy uses his Muslim name as its own name.
Source : "Malcolm X: What is his Lansing legacy?", Lansing State Journal, February 7, 2012.
[Collected speeches of Malcolm X] MSU Libraries Vincent Voice Library VVL-01-0021 : Malcolm X speaks at Michigan State University in three of these five recordings. Recordings also include Malcolm X speaking in Detroit after his split with Elijah Muhammed, and Malcolm X explaining his opposition to non-violence.
The price of coffee cream advanced four cents a quart in Lansing Friday, according to announcement of local dairy companies. The advanced price, effective January 22, was approved by the office of price administration to offset increased costs, it was explained. The price is now 12 cents for half-pints and 64(c)cents for quarts.
Source : Lansing State Journal, January 23, 1943
On Jan. 23, 1837, the state's second oldest newspaper, The Kalamazoo Gazette, hit the streets under its current name. It started as a weekly publication, but became a daily in March 1872. Previously, the newspaper was known as the Michigan Statesman and St. Joseph Chronicle.
Source: Michigan Every Day
Remember the River Raisin? If you’re talking about the almost 200-year-ago battle between Americans and a combined force of British soldiers and their Indian allies — and not the polluted river that today flows through downtown Monroe and into Lake Erie — then not many folks do. Fought in January 1813 in and around the settlement then known as Frenchtown, it remains the bloodiest battle ever waged on Michigan soil. Of the 934 Americans engaged in the fighting, all but 33 were either killed or forced to lay down their muskets.
What made the Battle of River Raisin unforgettable, at least in its time, was the wholesale massacre of scores of prisoners — most of them Kentucky militiamen — who were too seriously wounded to be moved from Frenchtown. Despite British assurances to the surrendering Americans that these men would not be harmed, the Indians had other thoughts. Once the British left on the following day, the captives were stripped, tomahawked, and in some cases, burned alive in their beds as buildings were put to the torch. There were other brutal acts too gruesome to tell here. The few who were unharmed were ransomed off in Detroit. Some were never seen again.
The Niles Weekly Register called it “the most horrid assassination and cold-blooded butchery ever committed, or suffered to be done, by civilized man.” The atrocities caused avenging Americans throughout the Old Northwest Territory to rally to the cry “Remember the Raisin!” as they defeated the British and killed Chief Tecumseh at the Battle of the Thames nine months later.
Richard Bak, "River Raisin's Bloody Banks", Hour Detroit, June 2009.
DTE: Renewable Mandate Unnecessary In Energy Law
When the Legislature and Governor Rick Snyder take up a rewrite of the state's energy law this year, the new statute needs a better process for handling requests from utilities to build new power plants, but does not need to continue a mandate on how much electricity utilities generate from renewable sources, DTE Energy Chairman and CEO Gerard Anderson said Thursday.
Five-Year Road Plan Shows Life Without New Funding
The new funding plan that will go before voters in May makes an appearance in the five-year plan adopted by the Transportation Commission, but not in any of the actual spending proposals.
Race Virtually Set For GOP Chair
The candidates still have to be accepted by the Policy Committee, but the expectation is the race for Michigan Republican Party chair is now set between Ronna Romney McDaniel, Norm Hughes and Kim Shmina.
House Dems Send Cotter Letter About 'Ignored' Committee Requests
House Democrats serving on the Appropriations Committee sent House Speaker Kevin Cotter a letter Thursday saying they were disappointed Rep. Brandon Dillon was not appointed minority vice chair, as leadership requested, and insisted no other Democrat would serve in the post.
Bizon Hires Former Dem Candidate From District
Republican Rep. John Bizon has hired Terris Todd, a Democrat who like Mr. Bizon ran for the 62nd House District seat in 2014 that Mr. Bizon now holds, as a legislative assistant.
Poleski Re-Introduces Ban On Required Leave Time, Benefits
Rep. Earl Poleski re-introduced a bill on Thursday that would ban mandatory leave time, wages, benefits and community benefits ordinances, but said the issue may be split into two separate bills.
NFIB Opposes Roads Proposal
The National Federation of Independent Business-Michigan will oppose the May 5 ballot proposal to raise the sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent as part of a plan to raise $1.2 billion for roads, the organization announced Thursday.
Local Government Employees Gain Pay, Lose Benefits
Local government employees have seen some pay increases over the past year, but might have seen benefits cut, a survey by the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy's Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy.
Audit Questions Mobile Device Security
The state is not properly securing the mobile devices that are connecting to its networks, an audit released Thursday said.
State Sets Deadline On Ballot Language Suggestions
The deadline for people to submit to the Board of State Canvassers suggested ballot language and materials regarding the May 5 proposal to raise the sales tax to raise money for roads and other programs is February 5. The board tentatively plans to meet the week of February 16 to decide on the language.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #54, Report 15, January 22, 2015. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library. For assistance in accessing the database, stop by the MSU Library Reference Desk.
|<< <||> >>|