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Booker T. Jones

Fri., Jun. 13, 7 pm

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis

Go to www.dakotacooks.com or call 612-332-1010





Juneteenth Festival

The Juneteenth Festival observes the June 19th 1865 proclamation of the abolition of slavery in Texas. This celebrates the freedom for people of all racial backgrounds. Featuring live music, cultural and family activities, storytelling, food and beverage vendors, and more. Sat., Jun. Continue Reading →

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Donna Brazile keynote speaker at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast


During the keynote address for the 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) breakfast on January 20, 2014 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Donna Brazile, a veteran political strategist, adjunct professor, author and syndicated columnist, talked about the greatness of Dr. King and his commitment to service beginning in his teenage years. Brazile told the MSR that she will no longer work any political campaigns because of her current role with the Democratic National Committee, where she serves as the vice chair of voter registration and participation.  

Photo and caption by James L. Stroud, Jr. Continue Reading →

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Off-and-on student discovers it’s never too late PhD Project encourages people of color to pursue graduate business study

PhD Project encourages people of color to pursue graduate business study
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


It took a while, but V. Marcia Pruitt later this month finally will get her sheepskin. Pruitt, a St. Paul Central graduate, will receive her bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University during a December 17 fall commencement ceremony. Her journey is a testimonial to the value of formal education and the importance of taking advantage of available support along the way. “It was on my bucket list to do,” noted Pruitt, who graduates with magna cum laude honors. Continue Reading →

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Most Mpls workforce hiring goals currently unmet




By Charles Hallman 

Staff Writer



The City of Minneapolis’ workforce goals for construction projects involving City funds are 32 percent minority and six percent female. However, according to the latest monthly contract compliance report by the City’s Civil Rights Department, only two of 60 large construction projects have thus far met both goals. All others have thus far met one goal only or neither goal. For example, Shaw-Lundquist, which was awarded the $2.543 million Minneapolis Convention Center restroom remodeling project, shows only 15.86 percent minority and 4.95 percent female were hired. When asked why the company didn’t meet the stated goals, Project Manager John Myers responded, “I believe that we did.”

However, he pointed out that the job, which he said was completed in late January, mostly required electrical and plumbing work. Continue Reading →

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MLK Holiday Event Calendar 2013

Friday, January 18

7 pm, Friends School presents the 2013 MLK Celebration, The O’Shaughnessy, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul • Free• 651-917-0636 or www.fsmn.org

Saturday, January 19

8 am — 2 pm, Fifth Annual Power of Giving MLK Day of Service, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, T Building Plaza Dining Room, 1501 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis • 612-659-6000 or www.minneapolis.edu/mlk2013

Sunday, January 20

All day, honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by hosting a Sunday Supper • www.pointsoflight.org/mlk/host-americas-sunday-supper.  

4 pm, Martin Luther King Concert, University of Minnesota West Bank, Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2106 4th St. S., Minneapolis • Free • Ralph Blanco at rblanco@umn.edu or 612-625-8680 or https://diversity.umn.edu/mlktribute

Monday, January 21

All day, honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through volunteer service • 612-379-4900, info@handsontwincities.org, www.handsontwincities.org/MLK_2013 or www.mlkday.gov


7 am, Holiday Breakfast, Minneapolis Convention Center, Ballroom A, 1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis • Broadcast live at 8 am on TPT • contact@mlkbreakfast.com or www.mlkbreakfast.com


8:30 am — 2 pm, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Statewide Celebration, Central High School, 275 N. Lexington Pkwy., St. Paul • Free • Central High School at 651-744-4900 or Amanda Norman at mnmlkholiday@gmail.com


11 am — 2 pm, Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, Powderhorn Park Community Center, 3400 15th Ave. Continue Reading →

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‘Free money’ for down payments offers homebuyers a LIFT


By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Free money — that’s what NeighborhoodLIFT Program Manager Kimberly Smith-Moore calls $15,000 in down payment assistance that’s being offered to eligible homebuyers. The down payment assistance can be applied to a mortgage loan with any approved lender. The program is a partnership between Wells Fargo, NeighborWorks America, Neighborhood Housing Services in Minneapolis and Community Neighborhood Housing Services in St. Paul. Wells Fargo is investing $9 million — $7.2 million for the $15,000 down payment assistance grants, $650,000 for educational events, and Minneapolis and St. Continue Reading →

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