The oldest cemetery member is Morgan Jones, a former slave of a Virginia tobacco field who moved to Minnesota after gaining his freedom. Jones lived in Minnesota for 44 years as a free man. He died in 1906 at the age of 101.
MSR special editions and features:
Each year the MSR recognizes and celebrates MLK Jr. Day, Black History Month, the Graduation Celebration for graduating high school seniors, and most recently, Black Music Month, in the print edition. In this space, find stories pertaining to each special edition as categorized.
(CLICK THE IMAGE TO OPEN THE YEARBOOK) For 23 years, the Spokesman-Recorder nonprofit and its supporters have sponsored the Graduation Celebration, an annual scholarship awards celebration of Cecil E. Newman Scholarship essay winners and graduating seniors in the greater Twin Cities area. In conjunction with the event, graduating seniors are also invited to submit their photos and […]
More than 200 community members, graduating students and their parents attended the free scholarship dinner and ceremony awards. Ten students were presented with Cecil E. Newman Scholarships at the event themed “Education and Graduation: It’s a family affair.”
On Broadway (1959), in movie houses (1961), and afterward on television, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun increasingly held Black audiences — as well as White — rapturously spellbound. As hasn’t been done since, the American landmark helped usher this nation into the civilized world. The August Wilson of her day, Hansberry’s phenomenally unprecedented success came […]
Nearly 50 years ago this March, Jim Robinson made Minnesota boys’ basketball history. “I worked the [state] tournament three years in a row,” beginning in 1971 as a game official, Robinson proudly stated. The longtime referee, now a supervisor of officials for the Minnesota State High School League, reflected on his legendary career in a […]
Fifty years ago, a tragic accident ended the groundbreaking career of Major Robert H. Lawrence, Jr., a Chicago native and stellar Air Force pilot who became America’s first Black astronaut. On December 8, 2017 — the 50th anniversary of his death — NASA honored his often-ignored legacy and contributions to the agency. Earlier this year, […]
As Black America recounts how far it’s come, there is pride in culture and in accomplishments. One can see how the contributions and sacrifices of America’s Black seniors are woven throughout every part of the country’s history. Black History Month formalizes that recognition. The MSR recently sat down with senior Arie Gipson in her home […]
On Broadway (1959), in movie houses (1961), and afterward on television, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun increasingly held Black audiences — as well as White — rapturously spellbound. As hasn’t been done since, the American landmark helped usher this nation into the civilized world. The August Wilson of her day, Hansberry’s phenomenally unprecedented success came by […]
George Poage can claim a piece of Black history for himself, though, at the time of his success, few noticed. A track star at the University of Wisconsin, Poage was the first African American medalist in Olympic history, winning the bronze in both the 200 hurdles and 400 hurdles at the 1904 Games in St. […]
Listed below are Black History Month events in the Twin Cities and beyond. If you know of an event that we missed, let us know in the comment section. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 10 am, Stories of Wit and Wisdom, Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy., Brooklyn Center You’re invited to listen to lively stories from […]