My heartfelt “thank you” goes out to each of the Saint Paul City Councilmembers who voted in favor of the ordinance to restrict the sale of menthol tobacco to adult-only stores. Menthol will no longer be sold at stores where kids shop on a daily basis. The Council’s vote will have a significant impact on the health of our African American community — especially our young … [Read more...]
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Boston-born White House chief of staff John Kelly’s recent remark on Laura Ingraham’s new Fox News show reopened a divide so deep in this country about slavery that I am reminded of American novelist William Faulkner’s quote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Kelly told the conservative media television host that he viewed Confederate general Robert E. Lee as “an … [Read more...]
Most of us don’t choose our families During National Adoption Month in November, we make a special effort to honor those families who do choose to give the gift of a permanent family to teens, children and infants who desperately need someone in their corner. By the end of this year, in Hennepin County, we expect that at least 124 infants, children, and teenagers will … [Read more...]
Alternative schools chip away at public education After decades of desegregation efforts, federal civil rights laws, and other attempts to close the achievement gap, a high quality education remains an elusive goal for most Black children. In an effort to engage Black parents around reaching that elusive goal, educators and community stakeholders tackled leadership, … [Read more...]
Congresswoman Wilson deserves apology It is not easy to admit when you are wrong, but the mark of the character of a man is when he can do so. A man who cannot, or will not, apologize when he is in the wrong is not a real man, no matter how many ribbons are pinned to his chest. On Oct. 19, Gen. John Kelly, Donald Trump’s chief of staff, publicly made an erroneous … [Read more...]