Melvin Whitfield Carter, Jr. was born December 1948. His father was born 1923 in St. Paul at St. Joe’s Hospital, and his grandfather, Mim Grundy Carter, a musician, moved here from Paris, Texas in 1917 when “a great fire” burned their town under mysterious circumstances.
“They got out quickly. It could’ve been a Black thing.” The family came to St. Paul because brothers Uncle Mac and Uncle Foster were here working on the Fourth Street railroad. Continue Reading →
Accomplished Twin Cities actor Charla Marie Bailey is portraying a role, in Good People at Lyric Arts, not altogether uncommon in social circumstance hereabouts. “I’m the only Black person in the play,” said Bailey. Continue Reading →
Willie Carter was born October 24, 1943, in Shawnee, OK, 40 miles east of Oklahoma City. His father, Thomas Lee Carter, and his mother, Willie Mae (nee Burrell), were both born and buried in Oklahoma.
His mother died when he was about a year old. “She hemorrhaged to death. Couldn’t go to a hospital back in those days.” Continue Reading →
American Masters will present August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand nationwide on PBS, Friday, February 20. Continue Reading →
African American women have, far beyond reasonable expectation, had to hold their communities together. And a sage saying goes, “A real woman can do it all by herself. A real man won’t let her.” Continue Reading →
Craig Warren, named last May as the Greater Twin Cities United Way’s Chief Administrative Officer, took a long and convoluted route to that position, where he said he will finally be fulfilling his long-term ambition to be of service to the community. Continue Reading →
Last year I wrote an article titled “Empty Seats” published in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. In this article I raised to attention the need for us men to be present and involved in community matters. Continue Reading →
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” It seems right to quote Martin Luther King, Jr. during Black History Month, when many of us reflect on our progress as a community over the years. There’s much to be proud of — and many challenges that remain. Continue Reading →
Ask a woman to go for a walk and she’ll say, “Sure!” Ask a man and he’ll say, “Where’re we going?” Men will go into a library for a Chilton’s car repair manual. Women are omnivores when it comes to reading. Continue Reading →
An annual ceremony held on Jan. 9 this year in Minneapolis presented awards and highlighted the achievements of high school and college students who are majoring in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Continue Reading →