Sabathani’s history the focus of community art exhibit



Sabathani Community Center is putting together a storytelling art exhibit about the history of Sabathani and the people who were key in creating the organization. Sabathani was formed in 1966 by South Minneapolis residents and members of Sabathani Baptist Church to provide structured activities for African American youth.

The exhibit will also feature people with roots in Sabathani’s South Minneapolis community who made significant achievements in politics, entertainment, medicine, athletics, education and business.  The purpose of the exhibit is to document and preserve the history of a grassroots effort initially focused around neighborhood kids that has advanced into a major institution known throughout the Twin Cities and today serves nearly 30,000 people a year with a broad range of needs.

The work of the exhibit will be done by Judge LaJune Lange (ret.), president of the LaJune Thomas Lange International Leadership Institute, and Anika Robbins of Anika and Friends. Lange and Robbins will inventory present artwork throughout Sabathani, conduct interviews for an oral history, and collect news articles and historical writings.

A launch event will be scheduled to formally announce the project and the significance of Sabathani’s legacy and the vision of the founders.


If you are interested in providing information for the project, contact Pamela Young at 612-821-2308 or

This article was provided by Sabathani Community Center.




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *