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Stateside: GRPS back for in-person school; Black Great Lakes sailors; Line 5 and climate change

Feb 5, 2021

The Grand Rapids Public School District welcomed students back into their buildings in January after months of operating in an entirely virtual format. Superintendent Leadriane Roby joined Stateside to discuss the return to in-person learning and the district’s plans going forward.
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Today on Stateside, Grand Rapids public schools are back in the classroom. The district’s superintendent discusses the return to in-person learning. Also, writer Rochelle Riley tells us about her new book, which features children dressed up as iconic and influential Black Americans. Plus, a look at the history of Black sailors on the Great Lakes.

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After months of online learning, Grand Rapids Public Schools welcomes kids back to the classroom

  • Leadriane Roby is the superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools.

The forgotten sea shanties of Black Great Lakes sailors

  • Jillian Reese is Curator of Exhibits for the Michigan History Center.

Should future plans for Line 5 consider climate change?

  • Lexi Krupp is a science and conservation reporter for Interlochen Public Radio.

New book views Black history through a child’s face

  • Rochelle Riley is the Director of Arts and Culture for the city of Detroit and a former columnist for the Detroit Free Press. She’s also co-creator of the new book That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed the World.
  • Support for arts and culture coverage comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.