“My family and I have been through trials and tribulations in our journey, but at the end of the day we made it.” It’s been three years since Mohamed Malim, a senior at Edina High School at the time, submitted these words as part of his Cecil E. Newman Scholarship-winning essay. Now a student at the University of St. Thomas where he will be a senior this fall, Malim has found a … [Read more...]
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It is frustrating that many important women and minorities in journalism have never received the recognition they deserved. A good place to start changing this is with the career of Nell Dodson Russell, who spent more than a decade writing for the Minneapolis Spokesman (today the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder). She was born Nellie Ellen Dodson in Minneapolis on July 30, 1913. … [Read more...]
(Photo courtesy of St. Olaf College) “It is my mission to serve my people” said Dr. Josie Johnson during a recent one-on-one with the MSR. On Thursday, July 27, Johnson shared her feelings about her commitment to her community. She attributed her community activism to growing up in a home with parents who were “very committed to the struggle.” Said Johnson, “It is deeply … [Read more...]
Jamaican reggae singer Bob Marley popularized the song “Buffalo Soldier” released in 1983. He equated the tune to the Black struggle for survival. But not everyone knows the true origin of the name “Buffalo Soldier.” Following the U.S. Civil War, regiments of Buffalo Soldiers served on the western frontier protecting settlers. Congress passed legislation in … [Read more...]
“It is all about the legacy of keeping King of Wings alive in Minnesota and teaching people about him and his chicken wings,” said Robert Patterson, former employee of Leland Carriger’s King of Wings and current owner of the Kings Royal Seasoning and Kings Royal Wings. Patterson is from Minnesota, born and raised. “I started doing the King of Wings spice because I knew the … [Read more...]