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U of M diversity v.p. moves on to greener Tennessee pastures


Rickey Hall acknowledges school’s need for improved ‘external relations’

By Charles Hallman

Staff writer


Rickey Hall’s favorite advice to his coworkers is, “Diversity is everybody’s everyday work. I say that often to people,” says Hall, who will leave his current position later this month as the University of Minnesota’s assistant vice president for diversity and equity, which he’s held since 2007, to assume his new duties as vice chancellor for diversity at the University of Tennessee. Hall came to the Twin Cities campus in 1998, when he started and directed the university’s School of Public Health multicultural office. Then he moved to the diversity and equity office. He held similar positions at U of M — Morris and Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Continue Reading →

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U of M honors late MSR senior sportswriter

Kwame McDonald was highly regarded as educator, activist and friend to many

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team honored the late Kwame McDonald during halftime of Sunday’s Gophers-Illinois contest. The MSR senior sports columnist passed away of cancer on October 26, 2011 at age 80. A crowd of 14,625 gave McDonald, veteran Nathan Thomas, and Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Hiram Mann a standing ovation after the team’s public address announcer Dick Jonckowski read aloud each man’s accomplishments during Sunday’s “Celebrate Black History Month” ceremony. “I was so pleased to learn that [Gopher] Athletics wanted to do something for Black History Month, and they wanted to honor these individuals,” said Minnesota Assistant Vice President of Equity and Diversity Rickey Hall. Continue Reading →

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More should be done to honor Kwame McDonald


Why is it that we Blacks must often wait for the shortest month each year to be honored, to get our accomplishments recognized, to get our heritage respected? Why do we often have to be half-past dead to finally get our bouquets? It took one Black History Month and nearly half of another before the Minnesota Golden Gophers publicly honored the late Kwame McDonald, who died in October 2011. The belated recognition came Sunday at halftime of the Minnesota-Illinois men’s basketball game. The Gopher women are expected to offer a similar tribute at this Sunday’s Minnesota-Northwestern contest. Continue Reading →

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