On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. To this day, that unfortunate event has not gone unremembered, but instead of it being a day of pain and shock, it has it has become a day of remembrance of Dr. King’s legacy. Many places over the country held commemorative celebration on April 4, 2018, including the city of Lansing at the Ring a Bell for Freedom event. Mayor of Lansing Andy Schor said, “Lansing needs to talk about, Lansing needs to remember the reason for Dr. King’s assassination. We need to remember 50 years ago from today he was killed for talking about the importance of all of us working together, equality, and a great nation.”
Lee June, professor at Michigan State University, said it is important to share this history.
It has now been more than two weeks since the seasonal transition into spring, but it seems mother nature did not get the memo. On April 4, the city of East Lansing experiences 27 mph winds, close to an inch of snowfall and temperature reached a high of 33 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 23 degrees. In the week ahead, the cold temperature is predicted to remain steady. According to the 10-day weather forecast, East Lansing is expected to receive two more snow showers between now and April 11. Temperatures will not exceed 50 degrees until April 12.
Liberation, freedom, beautiful and immaculate are just a just some of the words used to describe black art at the second annual Black Arts Matter Celebration, an event that took place Feb. 16, 2018, at the Robin Theater in downtown Lansing. This celebration was orchestrated to showcase the black talent in the city and highlight some people who have contributed to the advancements of arts for the black community in Lansing. Mikeyy Austin, 21, the coordinator of the event said it is important for black artists to have a space to do what they love. There was no charge, but donations could be made for the Arts Matter Scholarship Found that allows kids to be creative without worrying about financial resources for school.