Attorney Marian Wright Edelman was the first African American woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar. She is often quoted as saying, “If you do not like the way the world is going, you have an obligation to change it. Just do it one step at a time.” Ernestine Gates is a prime example of Edelman’s conviction. Despite enduring the horrific 2011 North Minneapolis tornado and a … [Read more...]
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Richard Anton Chakolis, Sr. is an educator who enjoys his career. Throughout his 51 years teaching, he has worked with at-risk students and diverse groups of various ability. Said Chakolis, “I get up every morning and am excited to go to work. Maybe just some type of encouragement — some positive comment — may help to turn someone’s life around.” Chakolis, holds a master’s … [Read more...]
His clients are primarily people of color Terrorists no longer hang Black folk. The practice, American as apple pie, still isn't specifically prohibited by law. It simply became bad form in the face of international scrutiny. Nonetheless, determined to uphold a supremacist creed of ruthless oppression, the country resorted to legal lynching. While we’re no … [Read more...]
A candid conversation with Nathaniel Khaliq Sometimes the term living legend simply fits. Point in case, Nathaniel A. Khaliq's life, career and legacy. The St. Paul native son has fought on the frontlines for civil rights longer than many of us have been alive with a sense of unstinting commitment to community. He served as president of the Board of Directors of the St. … [Read more...]
'You get a lot of calls’ A famous gospel singer once recorded, “We fall down, but we get up.” No one exemplifies the words of Marvin Sapp better than Jason Sole, who is the current president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Minneapolis Chapter, in addition to being a professor at Hamline University in St. Paul for eight years. Sole … [Read more...]