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Families encouraged to have caregiving discussions

(l-r) Carlton Garner, Marie Garner, Finley Heard

Carlton Garner had no prior experience with being a caregiver, but he learned quickly on the fly as he, his wife, and other family members began taking care of his elderly mother. As he has learned, caring for a loved one can include everything from simple everyday tasks to providing round-the-clock care and can be very time-consuming.

“I have to understand that she is not the same person. I’m happy to have her here,” said Garner of his mother Marie Garner, who is suffering from memory loss. The Garner family — Carlton, his spouse Coral, and his cousin Finley Heard, spoke on stage during KMOJ’s April 23 “Community Conversation” at Capri Theatre in North Minneapolis while Marie sat in the front row. Her son later talked further with the MSR.

Garner said he wants to take care of his mother as long as he is able, but he admitted that taking of his mom “is intense” as both he and his wife work full time. They have a personal care person come in to help when they aren’t available. Continue Reading →

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Scholarships groom young Black men for leadership

Abdul Omari

In late April, three African American male college students received the Eddie Phillips Scholarship Award. The scholarship is currently a two-year pilot program awarded to young men who give back to their community through volunteer and community service projects. The scholarship is a partnership of the Minnesota Private College Fund and the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Fund.
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Public schools foe Better Ed campaigns for school choice

Better Ed billboard as of October 2014

Nearly two years ago a billboard appeared in North Minneapolis that raised quite a few eyebrows. Strategically placed across the street from the Minneapolis Public Schools’ Davis Center at 1250 West Broadway, the billboard declared, “Minneapolis Public Schools spends $525,000 per classroom of 25 students…PER YEAR.”

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Women of color leaders reflect on their achievement

Samuelssmall

What could be more powerful than a strong woman of color in a position of leadership? How about four women of color in leadership roles of Fortune 500 companies discussing their perspectives from personal and professional life while being led by a fifth woman also in a leadership position? Continue Reading →

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MLK legacy gets a creative upgrade in South Mpls park

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The next phase in the re-dedication efforts of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in Minneapolis kicked off May 6 with community members and partners, City and County officials, Minneapolis park board members, and members of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Council gathering at the park for the official groundbreaking ceremony of a new playground.
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