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Inspirational keynote highlights MSR’s 20th Annual Grad Celebration

2015 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship winners (l-r): Jonathan Mensah, Abda Nebi, Noah Brown, Renae Jackson, Tracey Williams-Dillard (MSR CEO/Publisher) Kiera Hunter-Tabb, Edwina King, Jaelynn Palmer

On May 20 the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR), now in its 80th year of publication, and its nonprofit namesake the MSR 501c3, hosted the 20th annual High School Graduation Celebration at the Metropolitan Ballroom located in Golden Valley. As in previous years, the Celebration echoed its traditional theme “Education and Graduation: It’s a family affair.”

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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


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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