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Mpls to celebrate March on Washington’s 50th Anniversary

Twin Cities residents organize ‘March to Close the Gaps’
 
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

The 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington will be recognized with a day of activities Saturday, August 24. Community residents, including several who participated in the historic 1963 gathering on the Washington Mall, will speak at

Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis at 10:30 am. “We are trying to bridge the gap between those who went on the original march — there are a number of [local] people who went on that march,” noted Mary Merrill Anderson, who was in junior high when the historic event took place in 1963. “We want to get their perspective on what was on their minds when they went, why they made the sacrifice to go to Washington, D.C., and what they hoped to accomplish.”

At 11:45 am the “March to Close the Gaps” will commence at Sabathani and end at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park at 40th and Nicollet. There, 12:30 pm, retired historian Mahmoud El-Kati and others will reflect on Dr. King and the march. Continue Reading →

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No candidates of color for Mpls Park Board elections

MPRB commissioners make ‘huge decisions’ affecting Black youth
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

 

All nine Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)commissioner seats are up for election this fall. The group regularly makes fiduciary and other key decisions about the city parks, community centers, and other recreation activities. Although the candidate filing deadline is still over a month away, at this point it appears there will be no Blacks vying for the positions for the first time since 2009. “If we knew [someone], we would support them,” said local AARP President Charles Mays. Asked why more city Blacks aren’t showing as much interest in the Park Board elections as in the mayoral and city council elections, Mays suggested, “I don’t think they realize how important a position on the Park Board is.”

Blacks are more concerned about education and not so much about parks, believes Mary Merrill Anderson, a former MPRB commissioner. Continue Reading →

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