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 New AALF executive assistant grew up in Rondo

The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) has announced that Jacquelyn “Jackie” Cooper joined the organization as executive assistant on August 10. Cooper comes to AALF after a long and distinguished career of public service to the Twin Cities community, most recently as principal legislative aid to Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter. Continue Reading →

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Attacked all my life


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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Community inaugurates Black history-themed MLK playground

Marchers entering the park for the dedication.

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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From the MSR Legacy Archives


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 →

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