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.
St. Paul police decided to close Snelling Ave. in advance, and the Minnesota State Fair closed the gates as the demonstrators marched past the state fair. A few people tried to get into the fairgrounds but were quickly stopped by police and even though the demonstrators were stopped, they tried to get in there was no arrests.
The demonstrators marched north on Snelling Avenue and did a “die in” on a bridge. Then they marched where they were greeted with onlookers. Some heckled, others showed support, and one particular group of women showed support by donating a pack of water to the people marching. Continue Reading →
When Makolle Williams watched the disturbing videos of Eric Garner’s unwarranted death in Staten Island, New York City last year after a police officer put him in a choke-hold for 15 seconds, it reaffirmed his belief that racism is deep-seated in this country. He fully believed this because he has personally experienced so much of it, beginning with his service during the Vietnam War in the 1960s and intensifying after he returned home.
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In the rarefied aesthetic of African American theater, there is The Negro Ensemble Company, there is Penumbra Theatre and then there is everywhere else. Penumbra’s 2015-16 season is indicative of the premier venue’s commitment to prevail as a cultural cornerstone. Continue Reading →
Minneapolis Police Officer Tyrone Barze spoke to local youth last week at the Clyde Turner Basketball Camp at Phillips Community Center in South Minneapolis. He advised them to use “self-reflection, humility and goal-setting” and to “seek advice from experienced people.” Continue Reading →
Alan Page became the first Black Minnesota Supreme Court justice in 1993. His days on the bench officially end at the end of this month. He will retire on August 31 after 22 years as the seventh-longest serving court justice in state history. Continue Reading →
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.
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The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Clean Power Plan announced earlier this month calls for a 32 percent reduction below 2005 levels in carbon pollution from U.S. power plants by 2030. Continue Reading →
On July 1, young Ben Alexander Jr., whose nickname is “Skip”, had his third birthday. Skip is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Alexander, 869 West Central Ave., St. Paul. On his birthday, young Mr. Alexander is shown with some of his young friends and relatives at a birthday party given in his honor by his parents. Continue Reading →
A “multimedia boot camp” for nearly two dozen high school students recently took place in North Minneapolis. The University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center (UROC) was the site for the 2015 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Journalism High School Workshop (JSHOP) held August 5-7 in conjunction with the 2015 NABJ annual convention in Minneapolis.
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Bloomington Prosecutor Sandra Johnson has dismissed all charges against Deanne Pratt, a middle-aged White woman who was unjustly charged at the Mall of America (MOA). She was present and took pictures during the Black Lives Matter demonstration last December. Pratt was a shopper at MOA on the day of the demonstration and was not an actual participant in the protest. Continue Reading →