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New Mpls NAACP intends to ‘speak truth to power’

(l-r: Kemba Smith, Judge Pamela Alexander)

In the spirit of Nellie Stone-Johnson, the late local African American union and civil rights activist, the NAACP Minneapolis branch kicked off its first official event Friday, October 30 taking aim at the ills of the criminal justice system as they affect Black women.
The event, entitled “Black Women, Policing and Mass Incarceration,” took place at the Women’s Club of Minneapolis and featured Kemba Smith, a former incarcerated person, who chronicled her transformation from college student to federal prisoner in the memoir ‘Poster Child: The Kemba Smith Story.’ Continue Reading →

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Students protest their arrests for protesting

Whose diversity

Two University of Minnesota graduate students arrested and jailed earlier this year for a protest on campus are facing additional sanctions. Rahsaan Mahadeo and David Melendez are two of 13 students arrested, jailed and sanctioned by the school’s Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity after they took part in a protest at Morrill Hall in February.

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Minnesota’s fledgling Black museum sold at auction

Mansion on 3rd Avenue South is prospective home of Minnesota African American Museum.

If previous commitments had been kept, the Minnesota African American Museum (MAAM) would be open and in full operation, says its leadership. MAAM leaders first began to raise funds for opening the museum in 2008, and according to current President Nekima Levy-Pounds, the project “met the million-dollar match” in 2011, when the group sought state funding.

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