Jaiyda Tyler is a graduating Senior at Michigan State University majoring in Communication Arts and Science. Tyler has wrote for The Ideal Firestarter Blog, and The Panther news paper at Clark Atlanta University. Tyler has interned as a radio host for WSTU Radio.
Color The Creek for Black Lives Matter 2020 Mural. Photo by Jaiyda Tyler. BATTLE CREEK— After years of civil unrest across the nation, Battle Creek artists have taken on covering the city in murals and quotes when social injustice has come to threaten their immediate community. For residents of Battle Creek, 2020 was the year that sparked change within the city. Residents set foot downtown to march in protest of police brutality and support of victims across the world on June 6, 2020.
BATTLE CREEK– Battle Creek residents should keep an eye out for over 80 kids riding through the streets on their brand new bicycles, thanks to city activist Bobby Holley.
Kids across the nation have become more acquainted with being indoors than in past years due to COVID-19 and the state’s mandatory orders in regards to staying indoors and staying safe. For Battle Creek social justice activist Bobby Holley that needed to change.
On July 1, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made an executive order to lift mask mandates and allow social gatherings to start up again throughout the state. This would come just after the beginning of summer for most Michigan kids. A summer that Holley said kids needed to be outside participating in.
“These kids, man, they’ve been inside for months. No summer camps, no field trips or nothing.
July is the Official Month of Pride in Battle Creek
BATTLE CREEK—It’s official: July is Pride month in the city of Battle Creek. On July 6 the Battle Creek City Commissioners met for their monthly meeting where the commissioners, including Mayor Mark Behnke, gathered to discuss some of the city’s plans moving forward. Most notable for some residents was the proclamation of the city’s July Pride month. Co-Executive Director Kathy Szenda Wilson began the meeting’s LGBTQ+ discussion by recognizing the history of Pride Month in June, and what it stands for. Szenda expressed a proclamation of July being the city of Battle Creek’s official Pride Month. This comes after the city’s long history of having no official proclamation for a set aside and reserved month for Pride.
Children’s toys litter the floor amongst a COVID-19 mask. Photo credits: Jaiyda Tyler
BATTLE CREEK— Children frolic, color and play throughout the various learning rooms inside of Lens Learning Center, bringing joy to business owner Nita Hinton throughout her daily workweek. “It’s something I’ve been planning for many years and knew that my community needed. We have so many working parents in the community who needed access to affordable, and safe child care. That’s why I chose to create Lens Learning Center,” She said.
Capital Avenue in Battle Creek is under construction. Photo by Jaiyda Tyler. A Battle Creek resident is expressing her hope for a big change for the city’s roadways following the bipartisan agreement on president Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan that was made June 23.
Marilyn Morris, 62, said she has owned a home on the city’s Eastside for over 20 years and her main residential road for commuting had barely been touched over the past two decades. Since hearing about the bipartisan agreement she has expressed her hope for the future of the city’s highways and residential roads such as her own. “It’s been years since they actually uprooted the road…They’ve patched a few pot holes here and there but never really got around to redoing it how they should,” she said.