Blinded by the White: How Livingston County’s History Impacts it Today

According to the 2019 US Census, Livingston County is 96.4 % white. Nicole Matthews-Creech,president of the Livingston Diversity Council, said the conversation regarding racism in the county has to change for any progress to be made.  

“People say we don’t have to talk about diversity because we don’t have any, well, I am going to reverse that and say we don’t have any because we don’t talk about it,” said Matthews-Creech.  

Robert E. Miles moved to Howell and eventually settled in Cohoctah Township in the early 1960s. Miles was the Grand Dragon of the Michigan Ku Klux Klan. He hosted cross-burnings on his property and bombed 10 empty school busses in Pontiac days before a court-order was passed to integrate schools on Aug. 30, 1971.