By Nekima Levy-Pounds Civil rights attorney and candidate for mayor of Minneapolis My dream for the community is to see us, as a people, rise above the limitations that have been imposed upon us in the state of Minnesota and in this nation. Far too often, our potential for greatness is hidden behind bleak statistics and never-ending stories about … [Read more...]
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Special Section
As you may know, for several years the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) has offered a special Martin Luther King, Jr. print edition in celebration of his legacy.
Providing a space for community voices is very important to us. Each year, in addition to an event calendar, we select a quotation from Dr. King’s extensive writings and ask community members to share their thoughts on the relevance of the quotation or Dr. King’s legacy.
This year (2018) we’ve asked community members the question: What is your dream for your community?
We hope you enjoy the voices gathered here for our special Martin Luther King, Jr. legacy spotlight, and we thank you for your continued support of the MSR.
By Chadwick Phillips Founder of production company Avant Garde My dream for my community is for us to be in peace, love and unity. I truly feel that for all of us that is what life was intended for. I spoke with my father who lived through the Civil Rights Movement in NYC during the ‘60s. He was fortunate enough to see Dr. King. He tells me that during those times, we as … [Read more...]
By Saciido Shaie Founder and president of Ummah Project Once upon a time Somalia was the land of poets. It was the land that people far and wide traveled to just for vacations. We had a good government, an atmosphere that was peaceful, and people that treated one another as though they were blood. Somewhere along the lines though, something changed. Something devilish … [Read more...]
A poem by Michael Chaney Project Sweetie Pie founder/executive director … [Read more...]
By Dr. Artika R. Tyner Associate vice president for Diversity & Inclusion, University of Saint Thomas My dream for the community is for each individual to discover the leader within. This begins by recognizing that we all have the transformative power within our hands to make a difference in the world. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. demonstrated this power through his … [Read more...]
By Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD Carleton B. Crutchfield, Esq. Christopher E. Crutchfield, Esq. In his famous April 4, 1967 speech opposing the war in Vietnam, Martin Luther King, Jr. said that "The arc of history is long, but it bends towards justice." Today more than 50 years since his famous speech, our children are growing up in a world which offers both enormous … [Read more...]
A “beloved community” based on justice, equal opportunity and love was part of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s dream. Poverty, racism and militarism, on the other hand, were the “the triple evils” that served as barriers, stated the late civil rights leader. Dr. King learned this concept from philosopher-theologian Josiah Royce, who founded the Fellowship of Reconciliation, a … [Read more...]
By Mary Turck Adjunct faculty member at Macalester College and Metropolitan State University and former editor of TC Daily Planet Hard to think about dreams after the election — nightmares dominate, 24/7. Thinking about dreams, I remember Langston Hughes: Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow. After our … [Read more...]
Monday morning, January 18, at 7 am, former two-time governor of Massachusetts and author Deval Patrick delivered the keynote speech for the 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This sold-out event with over 2,000 people in attendance was organized by the General Mills Foundation and United Negro … [Read more...]
On Monday, January 18, two groups totaling around 50 people marched on both the St. Paul and Minneapolis sides of the Lake Street Bridge. The groups converged on the bridge for a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day protest demanding that the case of the shooting death of Marcus Golden by police be re-opened. The event was hosted by Justice for Marcus Golden and was done in … [Read more...]