(Facebook/Dianne Binns) ‘I fought to make change’ When you find someone who has seen nearly seven decades of social change, it’s probably a good idea to sit back and listen to them tell of their experiences. Such is the case with 68-year-old Dianne Binns. Binns is the current president of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) St. Paul … [Read more...]
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First Friday Twin Cities, hosted by Andre “Debonaire” McNeal, returned with a bang on Friday, February 3. “Noir 2, A Black History Month Celebration,’ had attendees dressed in all black. Hosted by Darnell Demarco with music provided by DJ Dell Dilla and DJ Hollywood Hot Rod, this month’s honorees were Lonte Hill, Tommy and Ursala McNeal and Anika Robbins. Lonte … [Read more...]
There are some Black professionals who are not only good at their jobs, but they also exemplify outstanding community service, commitment to their line of work, and have vast knowledge of their profession and the community they work in. Shawn Lewis, currently an information specialist for the Workforce Development Department at the Minneapolis Urban League, fits the bill and … [Read more...]
Shirlee Callender has enjoyed a life of many good things, and she has many more to look forward to. Callender, a mother of three, grandmother of six, and great grandmother of two, was born and raised in Des Moines, IA, and came to Minnesota in 1951 right after high school. Things didn’t come easy at first in her new residence. “I had some unfortunate … [Read more...]
Charles Edward Crutchfield, Sr. was born in a small semi-rural town in Jasper, Alabama, a town of 8,500 people, about 2,500 of whom were Black. But he was inspired to be a doctor at the early age of six and became a pioneering Minnesota physician. Unlike other parts of the U.S., the South did not even begin to rebound from the depression, which began in the late 1920s, until … [Read more...]