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Bike ride offers tour of Minnesota’s African American history

By Anthony Taylor

Contributing Writer


Saturday, August 23, presents a great opportunity to have an historical experience relative to the African American communities’ presence in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Major Taylor Bicycling Club is offering its Second Annual Dark 2 Dawn: A Ride Through African American History. The ride will begin at 9 pm on Saturday, August 23 at Martin Luther King Park and end with a celebratory breakfast at MLK Park. Throughout the night there will be stops at notable locations connected to the Black experience in the Twin Cities. Each location will feature a presenter that has a personal connection to that place, creating the human and historical connection. Continue Reading →

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Youthprise uses history to engage, motivate young people

By Maya Beecham 

Contributing Writer


Statistics paint a bleak picture of modern-day segregation unfolding within the classroom. African American youth areexperiencing the negative impact. In October 2011, the African American Leadership Forum Education and Lifelong Learning Work Group (AALF/ELL) released a position paper entitled “A Crisis in Our Community: Closing the Five Education Gaps.”

According to the report, “The State of Minnesota is facing a state of emergency: We have created two Minnesotas. In one, White children get a great education in our schools; in the other, African American children enter our schools behind, fall further behind as they advance in grade, and drop out with alarming regularity.” This discouraging reality is a call to action. Youthprise, an intermediary and funder founded by the McKnight Foundation, seeks to answer the call in tandem with our youth and community. Continue Reading →

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