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I grew up in metro Detroit so I knew that racial tensions existed in the world. But I never really thought about it much. I went to a mostly white high school, but I had close friends who were Chinese, Filipino and Vietnamese. My college roommate at MSU was African American. But I never really thought of them as anything other than just people. I learned about their cultures, ate food I hadn't tried before and loved the experiences of learning new things. I naively thought that serious racial bigotry was a thing of the 1960s and the past.
Then I got married and moved to out of state when my husband was in the Air Force. We were stationed in a pretty homogenous area without the urban diversity I was more accustomed to.
I remember one of our first days there, standing in a restaurant waiting area waiting for a table, and hearing a man make incredibly loud, racist remarks about an African American family dining at the restaurant. My husband and I were so stunned we simply walked out. Later, I witnessed a neighbor shouting racial slurs about Native Americans when she thought someone stole laundry off her line. An African American airman and friend who worked with my husband told of having rocks and racial slurs thrown at him as he rode his bike in town. Another day, a customer I was waiting on told me a "joke" using racist language to describe Arab Americans.
In jazz, the possibilities for musical performance are nearly endless, as it represents both the particularities of the African American experience and the nation in all its diversity. The same is true for jazz's ability to foster dialogue and to reach across communities.
I'm not going to write another stereotypical blurb about Martin Luther King Jr. We all know he was a great man. We all know he said some inspiring things. But this year, I learned a few things that I had never heard before.
Ernest Green, MSU alumnus and member of the Little Rock Nine, speaks to the MSU community at Beaumont Tower after the annual MLK Commemorative March on Jan. 20, 2014. In 1957, the Little Rock Nine was the first group of African-American students to attend a desegregated high school. Photo by G.L. Kohuth
Betty Wernette-Babian, university sanitarian, discusses her career and what she loves about MSU.
Michigan's University Research Corridor rankshigh among eight university innovation clusters in a new measure that examinesresearch and development spending, research commercialization and talent production,according to a new economic impact report.
A new study, co-authored by Eric Achtyes from MSU's College of Human Medicine, shows that people with serious mental illness have better luck quitting smoking and avoiding relapse through extended treatments using varenicline, a smoking cessation drug, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
The recent Arctic blast that gripped much of thenation will likely contribute to a healthy rise in Great Lakes water levels in2014. But the processes responsible for that welcome outcome are not as simpleand straightforward as you might think.
Dara Taylor scored 18 points, 10 coming at the free throw line, as No. 16 Penn State handed Michigan State its first Big Ten loss, 66-54 on Sunday.
Lee Reimer's goal at 3:41 of the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted the Spartans to a 3-2 win over Penn State on Saturday night at Munn Arena.
Off to the best one-loss start in school history at 17-1, MSU will face Indiana for the second time in less than three weeks.
The MSU College of Music will recognize the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with a performance titled "Happy Birthday Mozart" at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Fairchild Theatre.
The MSU Museum will present its 10th annual Darwin Discovery Day from 1 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 9.
The State News's e-book titled "Roses Have Never Been Greener" is now available for order.
Pianist and MSU College of Music faculty member Minsoo Sohn will perform a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Fairchild Theatre of MSU's Auditorium.
The inaugural Broad Integrative Fellows Program lecture will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Jan. 24 in room N100 of the Business College Complex.
The 99th annual Agriculture and Natural Resources Week will take place Feb. 28 - March 8.
As the country settles in for yet another winter full of colds and flu, imagine if your undershirt or socks not only kept you warm but also warned you about an oncoming infection.
Freedom, non-racialism and democracy are at the center of two new exhibits opening at the MSU Museum on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 20:
Many teenagers start asking questions about themselves during puberty. Daniel Pfau never stopped looking for answers.