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New Mpls NAACP officers ‘gearing up and ready to go’

Cathy Jones

VP Jones sees convergence of social justice and labor movements

Being a community advocate is high among Cathy Jones’ passions.
Jones, the Minneapolis NAACP second vice-president, recently spoke to the MSR by phone, saying she is encouraged by numerous community folk, including longtime members, who have expressed their support.

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Change gon’ come, oh yes it will

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The MSR alerts its readers, and through them the entire community, of an uncommonly important event coming up this weekend — a special election of the Minneapolis NAACP. Spread the word. This is, in our view, one of the most crucial local elections to come before us in years, one with the potential to alter for the better the quality and effectiveness of leadership in the Black community. Here’s why. Continue Reading →

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The Good Wife Works – White and Blacks as allies and marriage partners

“The whites and their hatreds are the problem and not us.” — bell hooks, Bone Black


When the U.S. State Department’s former Secretary Dean Rusk’s daughter married a Black man, the Department received a few hundred nasty letters and calls. “An American Nazi Party captain in El Monte, Calif. declared: “I’d probably kill any of my children before I’d let them do such a thing.”

His reaction was echoed by a respectable businessman lunching at the Westmoreland Country Club in Glenview, Ill.: ‘If I were Rusk, I’d be inclined to shoot the guy.’ A grande dame at the Orlando Country Club in Florida gloated: ‘It will serve the old goat right to have ni**er grandbabies.’

Many others, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., preferred to view the match as a personal affair. “Individuals marry,” said King, “not races.” (source: Time Magazine)

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PBS documentary views Thurgood Marshall through a personal lens

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


A new documentary on the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall will air on public television in October, but a free public preview was aired May 3 at the University of Minnesota’s Ted Mann Concert Hall. The one-hour screening and a panel discussion afterwards was sponsored by the U of M Humphrey School of Public Affairs as part of its “Keeping Faith with a Legacy of Justice” series, which continues through July of this year to commemorate the 50th anniversary year of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Prior to the screening of Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP, the MSR talked exclusively with producer Mick Caouette and both author Juan Williams and University of Baltimore School of Law Professor Jose Anderson, who appear in the film. Roy Wilkins’ nephew, Roger Wilkins, originally suggested that Caouette, who has done historical documentaries since 1996, present a historical film on Marshall (1908-1993), who successfully argued and won the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that desegregated U.S. public schools. “I discovered a lot, but unfortunately this film only really goes right up to Brown,” noted Caouette. Continue Reading →

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