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Heart and soul of Hallie Q. Brown Center retires after 39 years

Mildred Brunson

Mildred Brunson, the youngest of three children, a community legend, and a community mother who loves and is loved by her community has retired after 39 years of service from the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. Although she does not like to talk about herself, she will speak openly about her love of the children, their parents and our community when she is honored on August 27 at the Center for her life’s work of community service and youth education.

Originally from South Carolina, Brunson came to Minnesota to be with family in 1972.

Four years later, in 1976, she began her career at the Center located in St. Paul. According to Jonathan Palmer, executive director of Hallie Q. Brown and Brunson’s coworker, “Mildred has been the heart and soul of the organization. When we would have our Rondo Days Parade, we would have more people calling her name than the name of anyone else — including the Center name.”

Brunson eventually became the director of the Youth Enrichment Program. Many of her students have come back to the Center to enroll their own children. These same parents have gone on to work for the State or large companies. Some are doctors and others are business people. Continue Reading →

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Sen. Champion, church leaders call for community declaration in light of Charleston killings

Sen. Bobby Joe Champion

In its aftermath, Champion said Blacks should use the Charleston shooting as “an opportunity for change…to define what this moment means to us. What will we as people of faith ask and what will be our demand of ourselves and of others? How do you use this opportunity for change? How do we get past this situation? And will we ever get past it?” Continue Reading →

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The Only One reflects on “The Mindy factor”

Nationwide Insurance 2015 Mindy Kaling Super Bowl Commercial  "Invisible"

Actress Mindy Kaling plays a woman normally treated as if she is invisible. As a result, she goes around town pretending no one sees her. At the end, she humorously learns otherwise.

The Kaling commercial, which premiered during the Super Bowl earlier this year, is one to see, and I am not one to endorse commercials. I liked it only for the compelling message it provides, if only for 30 seconds or so. Continue Reading →

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Twin Cities community prayer service to honor and reflect on Charleston shootings

Emanuel AME Church

For many Black churches Wednesdays are usually designated as a day or evening for Bible studies and prayer services. But this Wednesday, June 24, will recognize and put into perspective the tragic events of a week ago at Charleston, South Carolina’s historic Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church. The community prayer vigil will be held at Wayman A.M.E. Church, 1221 7th Avenue in North Minneapolis at 7 pm. Continue Reading →

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U.S. African American cyclists to converge in Twin Cities

Dacia Durham

The National Brotherhood of Cyclists’ (NBC) Equity in Motion event (July 15 -19), which is not for brothers only. Sisters, too, are invited to get their two-wheel thing on.
The founders of Black Girls Do Bike Twin Cities — Pamela Moore, Tammy McLemore and Darcia Durham — will be on hand, having a pedaling good time along with lots of other similarly inclined ladies.

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Twin Cities clergy call for healing after Charleston church killings

rev. Stacey  Smith

“We’ve come to understand that terrorism is something that happens from people who have a large agenda beyond a small setting. A hate crime is specific, intentional and can be wicked,” said Rev. Stacey Smith, St. James’ pastor.
“I don’t know if there is a difference” between a hate crime and a terrorist act, admitted Zion Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Brian Herron. “If you commit a terrorist act, you commit it because of hate. I certainly know that this is terrorism and it’s hate. I think they are one and the same.” Continue Reading →

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New Mpls NAACP officers ‘gearing up and ready to go’

Cathy Jones

VP Jones sees convergence of social justice and labor movements

Being a community advocate is high among Cathy Jones’ passions.
Jones, the Minneapolis NAACP second vice-president, recently spoke to the MSR by phone, saying she is encouraged by numerous community folk, including longtime members, who have expressed their support.

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MPS: School choice will not close achievement gap


Fourth in a multi-part series

Over the past few weeks, the MSR has published a series of articles focusing on an organization called Better Ed, which has launched a campaign highlighting the shortcomings of Minneapolis and St. Paul Public schools. They promote “school choice” as a solution. Their main argument is that the schools spend approximately $21,000 per students with very poor student outcomes, especially for African American students.
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