Thousands of cars pass along I-496 everyday to get to downtown Lansing. However, few truly know the history of what was once where the sprawling interstate now stands. Over 840 homes and businesses were destroyed in the very center of an African American community, leaving people like Ken Turner, Adolf Burton and Sam Sinicropi to recount distant memories of what used to be a home for so many. In an area formerly teeming with sporting events and family, the three provide a unique perspective into life before the highway.
LANSING- Recent violence among teens in Lansing pushed one church to take action by creating a new program called Saving Our Sons. Three students from Sexton High School were wounded during a shootout in mid-September. “We need to take the youth involved in the violence off of the streets and away from it all,” said Anthony Roby, director of Saving Our Sons and youth minister at Word of Life International and . “If we focus on them, the violence will go down.”
Roby is calling on men in Lansing to join the program and become mentors for young men in the community. Community partner
Saving Our Sons has teamed up with Gateway Community Services.