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People of Kalamazoo: The Man in Black

Posted on August 30th, 2013
Kayla Kiley

You can find Kayla Kiley wrapping up in the unparalleled beauty of Michigan summers, grooving to local live music, sipping on the inventive craft-beer scene, joining foodie tours, oil painting, ballroom dancing, and simply exploring the world around her.

By: Kayla Kiley
Digital & Communications Manager, Discover Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo, Mich. — “I normally dress in all black.”

Why’s that?

“I like Johnny Cash.”

Donald Dunning, 55 of Kalamazoo, was at Arcadia Creek Festival Place during Community Advocates Ribfest to pick up some rib takeout. Dunning said he used to be a “ribber” (a person who grills ribs) at Kalamazoo’s annual Ribfest. On this day, he visited some of his “ribbing friends” then planned to spend time with his wife and mother-in-law and go to work.

People of Kalamazoo

Donald Dunning, 55 of Kalamazoo, said he dresses in all black because he’s a Johnny Cash fan. “I like all of his songs. I love all country music,” Dunning said.

“I like to maintain a healthy life and treat people with respect,” Dunning said, who was born and raised in Kalamazoo and played football at Lincoln University in Jefferson, Missouri (’77).

People of Kalamazoo is a way to encounter the vibrant, fun and interesting humans who make up this beautiful community. They are both residents and visitors of Kalamazoo, who were discovered while they were simply enjoying our town.

Interested in contributing to People of Kalamazoo? Join us in collecting photos and stories from unique people on the streets! If you have your subject’s consent to share their high-resolution photos and stories with People of Kalamazoo, e-mail them to kkiley@discoverkalamazoo.com, and we’ll post them periodically on Discover Kalamazoo’s social sites. People of Kalamazoo is a project of Discover Kalamazoo.

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