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Stateside: Sports and racial injustice; future of mobility; MI’s first Black secretary of state

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Richard Austin was the first Black Michigander to hold a statewide elected office. He became secretary of state in 1971 and stayed in the position until 1995.

Today on Stateside, we talk to Detroit News sports columnist John Niyo about how professional athletes found their voice and their power as teams in Michigan and across the country protest racial injustice. Plus, Michigan's chief mobility officer joins us to talk about the changes coming to the way we get around.

Listen to the full show above or find individual interviews below.

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"Athletes have really found their voice": pros push dialgue on racism

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Stateside’s interview with John Niyo

  • John Niyo is a sports columnist at the Detroit News.

Prepping Michigan for the coming wave of mobility changes

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Stateside’s conversation with Trevor Pawl

  • Trevor Pawl is the chief mobility officer for the state of Michigan.

New group aims to connect business owners of color to resources, money as they work through pandemic downturn

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Stateside’s conversation with Brian Jones Chance

  • Brian Jones-Chance is a a real estate broker and co-founder of 734 Brewing in Ypsilanti. He is also the co-founder of the Association of Businesses of Color. 

Michigan’s first Black secretary of state was a “quiet pioneer” for safety and voting rights

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Stateside’s interview with Mark Harvey

  • Mark Harvey is a state archivist with the Michigan History Center.

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