Dred Scott

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Moving from Tolerance to Allophilia:

Expand Human Rights Enforcement in Minnesota

By the Council on Black Minnesotans

Fifty years ago, on July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson displayed courage and innovation by taking the unprecedented national step to attack the heart of America’s close friendship with discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin by enacting the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Minnesotans such as Roy Wilkins, Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Vice President Walter Mondale played a huge role with bringing about this historic day. In fact prior to the passage of the civil rights act, Minnesota passed the Minnesota State Act for Fair Employment Practices in 1955, which prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, creed, religion, or national origin and in 1961 passed laws to prohibit discrimination in mortgage lending and in the sale, rental, or lease of real property. These acts banned discrimination and represented the beginning of the fulfillment of the hopes and dreams of many in the costly and painstaking journey to build a society with equal access and opportunity for all. It also provided an external control mechanism to move America from absolute prejudice to tolerance. Continue Reading →

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Dred Scott’s story a ‘springboard’ into authentic Black history

That in turn can help free both U.S. Whites and Blacks
By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   She always knew about them, but Dred and Harriet Scott’s great-great granddaughter says she’s learning more about them every day. Lynne Jackson heads the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation, and since 2007 she has been very active in ensuring that her descendents’ place in American history is fully recognized. In a brief MSR interview, Jackson explained last week during a visit to the Twin Cities why her great-great grandparents’ story must be told. “I think the Dred Scott case was so pivotal and so few people really know what it was, what it did, and how it impacted the nation,” she pointed out. “There are so many things about Dred Scott that is wrong. Continue Reading →

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How is Dred Scott connected to MN history?

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Many people don’t know that for a time, Dred Scott lived in Fort Snelling, where he met and married his wife, Harriet Robinson. Local community member Frank White and others are working to see this knowledge becomes more widespread with various community events that will begin this coming spring. The Dred Scott case and its impact on this country too often have been undervalued in U.S. history. Scott was a Black man born around 1799 and had moved with the Peter Blow family from Virginia to St. Louis, Missouri. Continue Reading →

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Black History Month Calendar of Events


Black History Month Calendar of Events
Through Thurs., Feb. 14
Saturday, February 9


11 am — Truth Be Told Spoken Word Workshop, Highland Park Library, 1974 Ford Pkwy., St. Paul

For teens: Join us for a spoken word writing and performance workshop facilitated by artist Tish Jones. Participants will use the art of spoken word to highlight their personal history while working with other writers, learning poetic devices, and crafting new works. This event is free. Continue Reading →

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