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In this Issue
  1. WMAC Updates
  2. Black History Month Spotlight: Bayard Rustin
  3. Resource of the Month: the Grand Rapids Red Project
  4. What's Happening
This month's GR CityPoints code is DN7J-EM83
WMAC Updates
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Black History Month Spotlight:
Bayard Rustin, Civil Rights Activist
Bayard Rustin and Cleveland Robinson at the March on Washington
In front of 170 W 130 St., March on Washington, Bayard Rustin, Deputy Director, and Cleveland Robinson, Chairman of Administrative Committee (left to right). World Telegram & Sun photo by O. Fernandez. (Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division)
The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was a pivotal moment in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech during the March, to an audience of more than 200,000 people. The March was also a catalyst for the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and later the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

But the March on Washington didn't just come together overnight. Lifelong activist Bayard Rustin, along with labor organizer A. Philip Randolph, orchestrated an alliance between civil rights, labor, and religious organizations focused on economic opportunity for African Americans. Rustin's work was often overlooked or dismissed due to the fact that he was openly gay, and he faced some hostility within the Black community. Despite the challenges of these intersecting identities, Rustin remained a champion of Black and LGBT rights until his death in 1987. His estate is managed by his surviving partner and AmeriCorps VISTA alum Walter Naegle.

To learn more about Bayard Rustin's life and activism work, visit
Resource of the Month:
the Grand Rapids Red Project
The mission of the Grand Rapids Red Project is to "provide a safe place for individuals to explore healthier choices regarding sexual activity and drug use, without judgement and without fear." Their services include free HIV and Hepatitis C testing, a clean syringe exchange program, overdose prevention training, and HIV case management.

Through their overdose prevention program, more than 700 opioid overdose reversals have been recorded, saving hundreds of lives. Anyone in the community can make a difference in the national opioid epidemic through access to training and free Naloxone rescue kits.

To learn more about their services and schedules for their mobile health unit, visit
What's Happening
in West Michigan & Beyond
Meanwhile Movies
Wealthy Street Theatre, GR
Tuesdays at 8pm
Feb. 4 – Beverly Hills Cop
Feb. 11 – Romeo + Juliet
Feb. 18 – Starship Troopers
Feb. 25 – Eternal Sun. of the Spotless Mind
$6; $5 for members
Movies on the Piazza
Studio Park, 123 Ionia Ave SW, GR
Feb. 1, 11am-7pm     
English audio, Spanish subtitles
11am, Moana           1pm, The Sandlot
3pm, What About Bob        5pm, Jaws
Outdoor event w/ fire pits, free chair rental
Black History Walking Tour
Rosa Parks Circle, downtown GR
Feb. 1, 8, and 15 @ 12pm-1pm     Register

Asian New Year Festival
Grand Valley State University, Allendale
Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room (2250)
Feb. 8, 6pm-9pm
Paint The Park: Ice Painting & Street Fair
Rosa Parks Circle
Feb. 15, 11am-6pm
Winter Illumination Walk
Alan G. Davis Park, Greenville
Feb. 21, 6-8pm
$2/person or $10/family suggested donation
UICA, 2 Fulton St W, GR
Feb. 22, 8pm-10pm
$10; $5 for members
WMAC is seeking donations! We are dedicated to providing free programming and activities for AmeriCorps members and alumni just like you. With your help, we can continue enriching the AmeriCorps service experience and fostering community between programs in the West Michigan area.   Every penny counts! Click here to go to our GoFundMe page and support our mission.
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