Spring break trip field trip encouraged thoughts of college, attending HBCUs
By Charles Hallman
Over 40 Minneapolis Public Schools’ (MPS) Black high school students, instead of spending spring break on a sunny beach, traveled down south by bus on a “Civil Rights Research Tour.” The five-day tour (March 31-April 5) took the students to Montgomery, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia and stopped at several historic sites, including the 16th Street Baptist Church, where four young Black girls died in 1964. For some students, the trip also included stops at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Four of the participants spoke to the MSR last week about their experience. “It helped me learn more about my history,” said Edison junior Nailah Heard. “I never heard of the 16th Street Church at all,” added Edison’s classmate Jasmine Valentine. Continue Reading →
Dr. John Wright, Morse-Amoco Distinguished Teaching Professor of Afro-American & African Studies and English at the University of Minnesota, presented his perspective on the preliminary release of the Emancipation Proclamation (1862) and President Lincoln’s strategy as the Civil War was ending. Dr. Wright’s segment of the discussion was presented to an audience of over 115 people from the community at the Minnesota African American Museum and Cultural Center’s “Preliminary Issuing” Salon Discussion with panelists Dr. Bill Green, Dr. Wright, and Professor Peter Rachleff on September 22, 2012 at the Sabathani Community Center. Professor Peter Rachleff, who conducts research in U.S. labor, immigration and African American history at Hamline University, engaged the audience with historical facts about the Civil War, Lincoln, and how the Emancipation Proclamation affects our lives today. MAAM will present other salons and events in connection with the observance of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Photos and information provided by the Minnesota African American Museum and Cultural Center
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