Remember Aura Rosser

[editor’s note: this communiqué was submitted anonymously] On the snowy morning of Friday, November 9th, a banner was hung on a pedestrian overpass over I-94 in Ann Arbor to greet workers as they commuted into the city. Reading “Remember Aura Rosser, Murdered by A2 Cops,” the banner both calls on the passer-by to remember Aura,…

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Hey Laquan

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D’Real Graham on School of Thought

School of Thought is a Washington, D.C. radio show that explores so­cial justice, higher education, and the city’s music scene. It’s broadcast out of WPFW’s studios every Monday from 7–8 p.m. EST. Last night, hosts Corinne Ruff and Shalina Chatlani spoke with educator/youth mentor/community organizer D’Real Graham. Listen to his segment below.

Emory Douglas: Designing Justice

Emory Douglas was the Black Panther Party’s Revolutionary Artist and Minister of Culture, platforms from which he produced work that influenced the 20th century more than any other American artist or designer. He’s coming to Ann Arbor next week to give a talk: Emory Douglas: Designing Justice October 4, 2018 5:10 p.m. Michigan Theater The talk,…