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MLK Holiday Event Calendar 2013

Friday, January 18

7 pm, Friends School presents the 2013 MLK Celebration, The O’Shaughnessy, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul • Free• 651-917-0636 or www.fsmn.org

Saturday, January 19

8 am — 2 pm, Fifth Annual Power of Giving MLK Day of Service, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, T Building Plaza Dining Room, 1501 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis • 612-659-6000 or www.minneapolis.edu/mlk2013

Sunday, January 20

All day, honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by hosting a Sunday Supper • www.pointsoflight.org/mlk/host-americas-sunday-supper.  

4 pm, Martin Luther King Concert, University of Minnesota West Bank, Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2106 4th St. S., Minneapolis • Free • Ralph Blanco at rblanco@umn.edu or 612-625-8680 or https://diversity.umn.edu/mlktribute

Monday, January 21

All day, honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through volunteer service • 612-379-4900, info@handsontwincities.org, www.handsontwincities.org/MLK_2013 or www.mlkday.gov


7 am, Holiday Breakfast, Minneapolis Convention Center, Ballroom A, 1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis • Broadcast live at 8 am on TPT • contact@mlkbreakfast.com or www.mlkbreakfast.com


8:30 am — 2 pm, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Statewide Celebration, Central High School, 275 N. Lexington Pkwy., St. Paul • Free • Central High School at 651-744-4900 or Amanda Norman at mnmlkholiday@gmail.com


11 am — 2 pm, Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, Powderhorn Park Community Center, 3400 15th Ave. Continue Reading →

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New Year resolutions: Protect children from violence, poverty



By Marian Wright Edelman

Guest Commentator


As New Year’s Eve countdowns wound down, many people turned to the familiar ritual of taking stock of where they are now to make resolutions for what they can do better in the new year. We all measure our accomplishments and shortcomings in different ways. Some people count numbers on a scale or in a savings account. But what if we decided to take stock as a nation by measuring how we treat our children? If we did that kind of countdown, we’d learn:

• Every second-and-a-half during the school year a public school student receives an out-of-school suspension. Continue Reading →

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Media justice activists develop racial equity pledge


By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Nearly 50 persons attended “A Gathering for Media Justice” held last weekend at Hamline University for community members and local non-mainstream media representatives. Sponsored by Community Action Against Racism (CAAR), Main Street Project and KFAI-FM, the December 8 half-day “conversation-based” event discussed media justice issues with an emphasis on local mainstream media coverage of communities of color. “People came [to the Saturday event] because they have a real hunger to see things different,” said Main Street Project Community Organizer Danielle Mikali. “I think oftentimes we feel frustrated and we don’t know where to turn. “As a media justice organizer, but also as an African American woman and mother, too often I don’t necessary know where to look in terms of the really great independent media outlets that are sharing stories,” Mikali said of the various local media that were represented at last Saturday’s event: the Cities’ two Black newspapers, the Twin Cities Daily Planet “and even cable — there were some cable access show hosts that were here,” noted Mikali. Continue Reading →

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Freedom Rider shares his story with Minnesotans

Ernest Patton, Jr. tells untold story of Nashville’s importance to Civil Rights Movement

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Nashville, Tennessee is more known for its country music roots, but the city also has strong roots in the Civil Rights Movement, says civil rights activist Ernest “Rip” Patton, Jr. The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas’ Tolerance Minnesota sponsored Patton’s October 11-12 visit, where he met with local high school students as well as college students at St. Cloud State University. Patton always wanted to be in music, and his initial goals included teaching music in school. His teaching plans were put on hiatus after he became involved in the Nashville movement in 1961 that led to the eventual integration of the city’s downtown lunch counters. He was featured in Freedom Riders, a PBS documentary based on the book of the same name. Continue Reading →

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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 ShenaBarber.com 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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