Stateside: Voter realignment in Detroit, notable Michigan reads, and MLK’s 1963 visit to Detroit

Jan 20, 2020

Today on Stateside, we step back in time to the summer of 1963, to hear how Martin Luther King Junior set the stage in Detroit for the March on Washington later that year. Plus, we go over this year's list of Michigan Notable Books, which includes everything from new fiction to gripping history.

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

Three Southeast Michigan voters offer glimpse of how Michigan’s Democratic base has changed since 2016

  • 2016 was a non-traditional election year that shook up both parties. As part of Michigan Radio’s partnership with 1A Across America project, producer Jim Morrison took a look at how undecided voters in the Detroit metro area are feeling about Trump, how the Democratic candidates stack up, and what that tells us about the shifting political landscape in the state. 

Want to read local? Check out this year’s Michigan Notable Books.

  • Winter is now in full force, which means it's a great time to curl up with a good book. If you're looking for something new to read, the Library of Michigan just released its 2020 Michigan Notable Books list. Tim Gleisner, manager of special collections at the Library of Michigan, and Jessica Trotter, a librarian with the Capital Area District Libraries, joined Stateside to talk about how the books are chosen, and share a few of their favorite titles from this year.


The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 visit to Detroit 

 

  •  Before he had a dream in Washington D.C., Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Detroit to speak about those dreams. Ken Coleman, author of On This Day: African-American Life in Detroit and writer with the Michigan Advance, joined Stateside to talk about King's visit to Detroit in June 1963 and its significance to the city's civil rights movement. 

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