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Activists took to the streets of Eight Mile Road again Wednesday evening to draw attention to the Detroit area’s racial divisions. Eight Mile has long served as a dividing line between predominantly-Black Detroit, and its predominantly-white suburbs.

Organizers say that Black people often fear crossing Eight Mile because it can lead to negative encounters with police. And they say suburban residents often fear crossing Eight Mile because they associate Detroit with violence.

Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

Founders Brewing will re-open its Detroit tap room early next year and donate the location’s profits to local charities through 2022, in an effort to move past a disastrous episode for the Grand Rapids-based brewer.

That disaster started last month, with leaked details from an African-American Founders employee’s racial discrimination lawsuit. That employee, Tracy Evans, claimed Founders has a “racist internal corporate culture,” and that he was fired after making complaints to managers.

The bar at Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
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Founders Brewing Company settled the racial discrimination lawsuit against it this week.

Tracy Evans, a former employee at Founders’ Detroit taproom, first filed the lawsuit back in 2018. Evans alleges that several racist incidents happened while he worked there and upper management did nothing to put an end to it.