Frank Brown

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Sculptor refuses to be pushed around by racism

Local artist’s work displayed ‘from here to Ireland’ 
By Isaac Peterson

Contributing Writer


St. Paul sculptor Frank Brown describes himself as a “gofer,” someone who “goes for it, who doesn’t sit around waiting for someone to come looking for them. I take the initiative to go out and initiate the conversation that hopefully will create a positive response.”

Brown has had many noteworthy positive responses going back quite a few years, the latest of which is a commission to create a sculpture for the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois. Brown says the piece will be of five individuals: Abraham Lincoln, Sojourner Truth, William Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frederick Douglass. “The sculpture will be up to about 32’’ in height, and close to 40’’ in length,” according to Brown. Continue Reading →

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Community members want more than talk — they’re ready for action
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


All DFL candidates should “represent” Black issues, says a member of the DFL African American Caucus, one of 14 recognized special-interest groups by the Minnesota DFL Party. The group meets on the third Saturday of each month. However, according to Hollis Winston, who joined the Black caucus nearly two years ago and was elected treasurer last year, most Black Minnesotans who tend to vote Democratic in local, state and national elections are too often taken for granted. Hollis says the group must be more visible and expand its membership base, especially among community folk. “Now that I have gotten involved, more and more I am realizing we need to connect with the African American community, all African Americans — not just the professional class or the middle class.”

Last week’s open meeting at the Lowry Library was attended by 30 persons who listed education, law enforcement and economic development as three key issues of concern. Continue Reading →

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Target is targeted for hiring practices



News Analysis

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer


At first glance it may seem that Take Action Minnesota’s efforts to encourage companies, particularly the Target Corporation, to hire ex-felons is misdirected. After all, some may think that those who have committed crimes have forfeited their right to future employment. “If you don’t see an end to punishment, you don’t have no hope,” said Frank Brown, one of the lead organizers for Take Action and their Justice for All campaign, which seeks to get employers to consider ex-felons on their merit and not on their past. The Black community is disproportionately affected by this issue because Blacks are disproportionately represented in the prison system. But Take Action is on the right track. Continue Reading →

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