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Second Karamu forum draws engaged audience — One long-term goal: an action plan for the Black community




By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Organizers predict that by the time the “Karamu House,” a monthly forum series which began in June, concludes in December, an action plan for the Black community will be formed. “If we can leave here with an action step, and the next one we get another action step, by the end of the year we will have it tight and can institute [it],” commented St. Paul NAACP President Jeffry Martin after the second in a series of such meetings July 11 at Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Paul. The series will focus primarily on the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Continue Reading →

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Karamu House conversations launched to develop new Black narrative



By Vickie Evans-Nash



The second monthly Karamu House meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 11 at Camphor Memorial Methodist Church, 585 Fuller Ave, St Paul, from 6-8 pm. The event came together as a result of Professor Mahmoud El-Kati feeling that the community needs to have its own conversation around the events in history stemming from the first group of Blacks that landed on the shores of the North American continent as slaves and continuing through today. “Karamu is a Swahili word,” explained El-Kati, “and it means center of community life, place of festive enjoyment — both. It’s serious…and expressive. Churches symbolize Karamu houses. Continue Reading →

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