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Mariano Avila / WGVU

“Mino Bimaadiziwin is a story about a young, trans-gender Anishnaabe man who has lost all connection to his culture living in the city. Until one day this mysterious Anishnaabe woman, Bungishimogikwe, comes into his life and kind of introduces him back into the culture and the community.”

That’s Shane McSauby, writer and director of the film who calls Grand Rapids home.

Leandro Lara / Carbon Stories

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations and individuals advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we welcome Marcel "Fable" Price, aka Fable the Poet, who is the new Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, and a teaching artist and co-founder of The Diatribe, a poetry based non-profit, using creating writing as a catalyst for community change and youth outreach. Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell, project director of WGVU’s grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the area of racial equity.

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations and individuals advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we welcome Alex Thomas, in Strategic Planning with the Grand Rapids Black Chamber of Commerce. Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell, project director of WGVU’s grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the area of racial equity.

GRPS

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations and individuals advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning from Grand Rapids Public Schools we welcome, Dr. Mayda Bahmonde-Gunnell, Executive Director for Leadership Middle School, Equity & Inclusion, and English Language Learners Program, and Maleika Joubert Brown, Ed.S, Director of Equity and Inclusion. Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell, project director of WGVU’s grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the area of racial equity.

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations and individuals advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we hear from Phillip Nguyen, President of the Vietnamese American Community of Grand Rapids. Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell, project director of WGVU’s grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the area of racial equity.

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations and individuals advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we welcome Shannon Cohen and Pat Sosa VerDuin, co-founders of Sisters Who Lead and alumni of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellowship. Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell, project director of WGVU’s grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the area of racial equity.

Inclusion and Equity

Apr 14, 2017

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations and individuals advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we hear from Mariano Avila, WGVU’s Inclusion Reporter, and WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell, project director of WGVU’s grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the area of racial equity

Shafer Photography / Shafer Photography

Grand Rapids has a new poet laureate! The Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation announced today that Marcel Price, better known as Fable the Poet, will be our new ambassador of letters. However, more interesting is that he is the first laureate of color, the first one under age 40 and the first one without a college degree. Yet, his career speaks for itself, as he tours the country regularly with his poems. For WGVU’s Mutually Inclusive, Mariano Avila brings us this extended interview with Fable.

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Shafer Photography / Shafer Photography

The new Grand Rapids Poet Laureate is the first person of color, first person under forty years of age, and the first laureate without a four-year degree.

The Grand Rapids Public Library made its announcement Tuesday morning naming Marcel Price, or Fable, the city’s poet laureate, not just because he’s published a book of poems or won awards, but because of his vision for bringing poetry to everyone in Grand Rapids.  

“There’s poetry shows almost every single night of the week in our city and people don’t know that.”

Ahmad Khodor

Ahmad Khodor, a Grand Rapids man born and raised in Syria, says he blames President Bashar Al Assad and the indifference of Western countries for the recent gas bombing of civilians that left between 60-100 people dead.

Khodor has been living in Michigan for over 30 years. He has graduate degrees from University of Michigan and Grand Valley State University and finally settled here in Grand Rapids. Still living in the country he called home until age 33, Khodor says has extended family, as well as friends living in Syria.

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