With Black History Month in full swing, our hearts and minds have been reflecting on the contributions of prominent and courageous African American women and men who dared to have a transformational impact on the world around them. Selma, the Washington Monument Mall, and Birmingham are a few places that come to mind. But, if you don’t live in or near those places, there are … [Read more...]
MSR special editions and features:
Each year the MSR recognizes and celebrates MLK Jr. Day, Black History Month, the Graduation Celebration for graduating high school seniors, and most recently, Black Music Month, in the print edition. In this space, find stories pertaining to each special edition as categorized.
George Bonga, ca. 1870 // Photo Credit: Charles Alfred Zimmerman, courtesy MN Historical Society The first Black person born in Minnesota In honor of Black History Month, we’re sharing short clips highlighting the legacy and history of Blacks in Minnesota. This week, we salute George Bonga, the first African American born in Minnesota. In 1802, George Bonga’s birth … [Read more...]
In honor of Black History Month, we’re sharing short clips highlighting the legacy and history of Blacks in Minnesota. This week, we salute Ethel Ray Nance, Minnesota’s first African American policewoman and first African American to work in the state legislature. Ethel Ray Nance // Courtesy Duluth Public Library While the job of stenographer may not seem … [Read more...]
Each week this month, MSR editors share their top picks for events celebrating Black History Month. February 12 History Lounge: Reconstruction in Minnesota 7-8 pm @ Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. Free When emancipation became the law of the land, White Minnesotans — who had previously championed African Americans in the state — began to … [Read more...]
Lena Olive Smith In honor of Black History Month, we’re sharing short clips highlighting the legacy and history of Blacks in Minnesota. This week, we salute Lena Olive Smith, Minnesota’s first female African American lawyer. Long before there was Nader’s Raiders, there was Lena O. Smith. In 1921 she filed her first lawsuit challenging housing discrimination just 11 days … [Read more...]