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Cecil E. Newman documentary honors MSR founder’s birthday

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Beginning Wednesday, July 25, A Black History Chronicle Exclusive — Cecil E. Newman: The Friendship, the Life and the Legacy, a documentary produced by Productions, will air on a number of websites and local cable channels. This documentary is a tribute to and celebration of the birthday of Cecil E. Newman (July 25, 1903), businessman and publisher of the Minneapolis Spokesman and the St. Paul Recorder (now the MSR). With only $20, Newman founded the newspapers in 1934. Newman had significant local and national influence, with his relationships with U.S. 38th Vice President Hubert Humphrey, U.S. Senator Walter Mondale, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Josie Johnson, and Curtis Chivers (who once worked for the Spokesman and Recorder). Continue Reading →

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Documentary sparks dialog on our future and our youth

By Jamal Denman

Contributing Writer


On Thursday, June 28, the Minnesota Humanities Center in St. Paul held the second in its “Lunch and Learn” series, an event that provides — along with a delicious lunch — opportunity for people to hear and engage with the stories of community leaders. Each Lunch and Learn is connected to a specific Humanities Center program. June’s event was tied to the program Firsts: Minnesota’s African American Groundbreakers, a documentary highlighting the achievements and challenges of six Minnesotans who were the first African Americans to represent a variety of fields and positions. It featured former Minneapolis mayor Sharon Sayles Belton, who is one of the interview subjects, and award-winning author Alexs Pate, who is the host, writer and producer of the Firsts program. Continue Reading →

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