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Spoken Hero: Terrence DuJour

 

 
Teen finds greatest satisfaction helping others
 
 

News Analysis

 

By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer

 

People in our community and their giving spirit to others often go unnoticed as “Unspoken Heroes. Our Spoken Heroes gives the community the opportunity to recognize these everyday heroes and their accomplishments. Without looking for something in return, these heroes are often only rewarded by knowing that others benefit from their efforts. 

 

Pretty much the nicest thing you can say about someone is that he doesn’t have a selfish bone in his body. This seems to be the simple truth when speaking of young Terrence DuJour, even if it is his mom, McKayla DuJour, doing the talking. His actions speak as loudly as her words. Continue Reading →

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Patience: When is it no longer a virtue?

Many of us here at the MSR recall being taught by our elders that “Patience is a virtue,” and very often we have found their advice to be true. Often, if we wait and exercise patience, in time what is fair and what is just will prevail. Those in power who are doing wrong sometimes come to see the error of their ways. They begin to listen. They hear the cries of the people and do what they can to relieve their pain. Continue Reading →

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S.W.I.M. grows out of what youth are asking for

 
Mentoring program responds to lack of structured activities for youth
 
News Analysis

By Jamal Denman

Contributing Writer

 

For many generations, people in the United States have been persistently fed a skewed view of the history of this country and the people who populate it. Stories intended to be accepted as accurate accounts of the past are commonly disseminated to the masses through the public and private educational systems, as well as various print, television, radio, and web media outlets. A large number of these institutions, wittingly or otherwise, simultaneously project stereotypical images of various cultures when it comes to the depiction of non-Whites and cultures not considered “traditionally American.” Those images are often negative or unflattering at best. Due in large part to the history of Black people’s experience in the United States, these practices can be detrimental to the psychological and social development of African American youth trying to figure out who they are and what their value is to the world as human beings. These are some key reasons why Thomas Berry decided to develop a youth program which gives young people opportunities to learn about history, culture, and develop a sense of pride in themselves. Continue Reading →

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Chuck Wexler in town, security plan in place

While Democratic and DFL Party heavy hitters were in Charlotte, NC for the Democratic National Convention, including Mayor R.T. Rybak, the legendary Chuck Wexler, executive director of the powerful Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) was in meetings in Minneapolis (see my September 5 column, “Status quo fixes won’t stop the frightening violence”). Mr. Wexler was here to evaluate and sign off on a new security plan to deal with Minneapolis African Americans (read “youth”). These are not my words. These are words that came out of a number of meetings with Mr. Wexler and his associates. This new security plan includes monitoring and evaluating security conditions within the Somali community that again gives Mr. Wexler the possibility of implementing in other cities around the United States what will be developed here in Minneapolis. As happened some years ago, “Wexler helped develop and implement a comprehensive anti-crime strategy [in Minneapolis] that is now a model for public-private cooperation” (as crime still continues unabated, grain is a more reliable export). Continue Reading →

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Students can still register to vote on Election Day in MN

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

According to Rock the Vote, a national young people’s voter registration advocacy group, 11,500 young people turn 18 every day in this country. These individuals help make up the “Millennial Generation” — young voters under the age of 30. “This generation…make up nearly a quarter of the voters” in this year’s elections, says Rock the Vote President Heather Smith. “Today, one in four voters are under the age of 30, and they will continue to grow in numbers. They are the largest generation in the history of our country. Continue Reading →

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