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Board chair: Council on Black Minnesotans ‘under the gun’



By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


A new executive director for Minnesota’s Council on Black Minnesotans (CBM) will be in place by June, predicts CBM Board Chairman Donavan Bailey. A Rochester resident, Bailey sat down last week at the MSR and discussed during an interview the council’s present and future. “We are in the process of starting the application process” for the vacant executive director position, he explained. He added another possibility, a “community collaboration” in the search and hiring process. Not having an executive director is “a little challenging,” admitted Bailey. Continue Reading →

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Council on Black Minnesotans must be saved

Its potential influence at the legislature is exactly what our community needs now
In this column we will discuss the recent issue surrounding the Council on Black Minnesotan’s (CBM). The mission of CBM according to their website is to ensure that the needs of all Minnesotans of African descent are clear to the policymakers who impact their well-being by providing equal protection of the law and guaranteeing that this community receives and has access to state services and programs.
In other words, the CBM’s main purpose is to advocate for policies that protect the interest of African Americans in Minnesota and to inform the community about those policies. The CBM is set to disband in 2012 as the legislation that created it will sunset. The CBM has been in existence since 1980. The H.I.T. started examining the CBM in detail after there was a serious conflict that had taken place at one of the board meetings. Continue Reading →

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