Dr. John Wright, Morse-Amoco Distinguished Teaching Professor of Afro-American & African Studies and English at the University of Minnesota, presented his perspective on the preliminary release of the Emancipation Proclamation (1862) and President Lincoln’s strategy as the Civil War was ending. Dr. Wright’s segment of the discussion was presented to an audience of over 115 people from the community at the Minnesota African American Museum and Cultural Center’s “Preliminary Issuing” Salon Discussion with panelists Dr. Bill Green, Dr. Wright, and Professor Peter Rachleff on September 22, 2012 at the Sabathani Community Center. Professor Peter Rachleff, who conducts research in U.S. labor, immigration and African American history at Hamline University, engaged the audience with historical facts about the Civil War, Lincoln, and how the Emancipation Proclamation affects our lives today. MAAM will present other salons and events in connection with the observance of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
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Sabathani Community Center is putting together a storytelling art exhibit about the history of Sabathani and the people who were key in creating the organization. Sabathani was formed in 1966 by South Minneapolis residents and members of Sabathani Baptist Church to provide structured activities for African American youth. The exhibit will also feature people with roots in Sabathani’s South Minneapolis community who made significant achievements in politics, entertainment, medicine, athletics, education and business. The purpose of the exhibit is to document and preserve the history of a grassroots effort initially focused around neighborhood kids that has advanced into a major institution known throughout the Twin Cities and today serves nearly 30,000 people a year with a broad range of needs. The work of the exhibit will be done by Judge LaJune Lange (ret.), president of the LaJune Thomas Lange International Leadership Institute, and Anika Robbins of Anika and Friends. Lange and Robbins will inventory present artwork throughout Sabathani, conduct interviews for an oral history, and collect news articles and historical writings. Continue Reading →