“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., quote from his “I Have a Dream” speech, August 28, 1963. Most people only remember the last … [Read more...]
Welcome to Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder’s Black History Month special edition
“Early in life, I somehow got the feeling that I could succeed even if I were a member of a minority group… I knew that I would have to work hard and never give up. I would have to take many affronts, but if I kept my personal integrity, nothing could defeat me.” — Cecil E. Newman
In 1926, Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week in an effort to recognize African Americans in a history often void of their accomplishments. Surprisingly, this lack of recognition of African Americans and their contributions to society exists even now, almost a century after Woodson’s establishment of Negro History Week, now Black History Month.
Woodson recognized that if Blacks are unaware of their victories, they are more susceptible to give in to defeat under the weight of oppression. Our stories of triumph serve as a roadmap to future successes.
As the oldest Black-owned business in the state of Minnesota, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR), established in August of 1934 by Cecil E. Newman and led today by his granddaughter, Tracey Williams-Dillard, remains dedicated to championing the stories and achievements of the African Americans in the community and beyond.
For over a decade we have offered a special edition insert with feature profiles and reflections in celebration of Black History Month. We hope you enjoy the stories of triumph offered in our Black History Month special section and in each and every week of the MSR.
We need to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Democracy is under attack. Black Women are the ones who have the stamina and the courage to step forward when others who say they are progressive or liberal cannot or will not. It is quite easy to see the enemy that is opposite to our values and our beliefs. It … [Read more...]
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps perpetrates it. He who accepts evil without protesting it is really cooperating with it.” —Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King What is evil in this world? Racism, sexism, poverty and war. These are the evils that I am concerned about, protest about, and work each and every day to eliminate. Last month, I had … [Read more...]
My dream for the community is that we all get to pursue our dreams, live our values, and follow our passion. This can only happen if we all are given equal opportunities. When I think about the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech," it makes me reflect on how far we’ve come. But, it also makes me remember we still have so much work to do. In order for … [Read more...]
Still, many believe much work is left Many of its words were improvised, and some were not even original. But Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech summarized the struggles of millions of Americans and inspired people of all backgrounds, then and now. The 18-minute oration from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial remains a seminal moment in American history. The … [Read more...]
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout his lifetime advocated for a fair and equitable community. The MSR, in past years, has asked local officials and others to share their thoughts on Dr. King’s dream, as we annually recognize his legacy each January. This year, however, we spoke to three South High School students, all born at least three decades after King’s death. All … [Read more...]
The Sabathanites kept kids off the streets in a turbulent era The Twin Cities boasts some of the country’s top entertainers: Prince, The Time, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and “Sounds of Blackness.” Every name is well known locally and worldwide. But there was another local group that, if you were raised in Minneapolis, was just as familiar not so long ago — the Sabathanites … [Read more...]
Listed below are MLK, Jr. events in the Twin Cities and beyond. If you know of an event that we missed, let us know in the comment section! Thursday, January 11 6 pm, Mayoral MLK Reception, AICHO, 202 West 2nd Street, Duluth A chance for the community to come together in unity and celebrate diversity. This event is part of the Duluth-Twin Ports MLK Holiday Celebration … [Read more...]
Conclusion of a four-part series In this final installment of our series about African Americans who fought for dignity and equal rights on the U.S. railways as railroad sleeping car porters and maids, we explore how the porters, traveling by rail across the country, were instrumental in spreading news about African American communities and starting up newspapers to create a … [Read more...]
First of a three-part story Related story: Women helped build porters’ Brotherhood This is the first installment of a story about African Americans who fought for dignity and equal rights on the U.S. railways as railroad sleeping car porters and maids. Jim Crow prevented many of the porters from working in their trained professions as doctors, lawyers and teachers. Some … [Read more...]