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Stateside: Detroit’s COVID memorial; Black women’s library; inequality in prosecution

Aug 31, 2020

Today on Stateside, a new report shows Blacks citizens are far more likely to face felony charges in Washtenaw County, one of the state’s most populous and progressive counties. Plus, we talk to the architect of a memorial on Belle Isle to honor the 1,500 people in Detroit who have been killed by COVID-19.

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Faces of COVID-19 victims become memorial to Detroiters lost during the pandemic

  • Rochelle Riley is one of the architects of the Belle Isle COVID-19 memorial and Director of Arts and Culture in Detroit.
  • Norris Howard is an eSports and video game journalist from Detroit who lost his aunt to COVID.

Pedal-powered library delivers books written by Black women

  • Katelyn Rivas is the founder of the Detroit chapter of the Free Black Women's Library.

Chalk artist David Zinn on creating moments of surprise, joy in uncertain times

  • David Zinn is a chalk artist in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Black citizens in Washtenaw County more likely to face felony charges for the same crimes, says new report

  • Alma Wheeler-Smith is with Citizens for Racial Equality in Washtenaw, and a former state lawmaker.
  • Eli Savit is the candidate for Washtenaw Prosecutor.