Community members got their first taste of a new interactive playground centered around the Civil Rights Movement and African American history on Saturday, August 22 at MLK Jr. Park in South Minneapolis. The playground launch was the focal point of this year’s Celebrate Our Beloved Community event and the latest in ongoing park renovations following the rededication of the Freedom Form II sculpture in August of 2014.
An estimated 300 – 400 people gathered at Hamline Park in St. Paul, Saturday, August 29 for Black Fair, an event hosted by Black Lives Matter. The march started at Hamline Park and proceeded down Snelling Avenue to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The goal of the march was to bring attention to issues of police brutality, as well as Black people being under-represented on the fairgrounds as vendors.