Sabathani Community Center

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New director keeps doors of Sabathani open for the community

By Khymyle Mims

Contributing Writer

 

Charisma and joy are emotions evoked from just a few minutes with Cindy Booker, new executive director of the Sabathani Community Center located on the South Side of Minneapolis. Her drive and professionalism can be picked up from a simple LinkedIn overview. However, if you want to see those qualities fueled by an uncommon passion, ask her about the Sabathani Community Center. “I grew up in this community,” Booker says with a smile on her face. Speaking with pride, she reflects on what the community center has meant to her personally and how she sees its impact on the community it serves. Continue Reading →

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Acting can help troubled youth face real-life drama

Crossroads Panorama uses theater arts to build coping skills 

 By Dwight Hobbes 
Contributing Writer 
If you’re going to salvage a community, the important populace to focus on is the young. And, face it, the urban African American community is seriously imperiled, which renders a program like Crossroads Panorama — Youth Education Through the Arts (crossroadspanorama.com) — helmed by determinedly committed Executive Director Joyce Marrie, Ph.D., a vital resource. Based, fittingly, at South Minneapolis’ venerated Sabathani Community Center, known as a community cornerstone, Crossroads Panorama utilizes the concept that the arts aren’t only for entertainment. “Creative drama therapy,” says Marrie, “provides a means by which youth can learn to take control of their feelings and engage in self-discovery. As they take a role in acting out therapeutic issues, this equips and empowers them to learn how to cope, and not only in a classroom setting but in their everyday lives. Continue Reading →

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MSR’s 19th Annual Graduation Celebration

By Raymond Jackson
Contributing Writer

 

 

On Tuesday, May 7, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) newspaper sponsored its 19th Annual Graduation Celebration to acknowledge African and African American senior students finishing high school. This year’s event was held at Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis.  

Shed G, co-host of The KMOJ Radio Morning Show, emceed the event, which awarded six graduates Cecil E. Newman Scholarships and two graduates Launa Q. Newman scholarships. Cecil Newman is the founder of MSR; his wife, Launa Q. Newman, carried on as publisher after her husband’s death. The food served was home style, with many in attendance returning for seconds. Continue Reading →

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Lawyers of color names Levy-Pounds one of the most influential law professors in the U.S.

University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds is one of the most influential young minority law professors in the country, according to media and research company Lawyers of Color. Levy-Pounds was named to the company’s “50 Under 50” list for 2014, which recognizes law professors of color who are making “bold contributions to the legal canon and the community at large.”

As professor and founding director of the Community Justice Project, the School of Law’s award-winning civil rights legal clinic, Levy-Pounds fosters and inspires up-and-coming lawyers to work to improve the lives of members of under-served communities and youths in the Twin Cities. Challenging laws and policies that hold back communities of color, she has carved her place in the local civil rights movement. With Levy-Pounds’ vision, the Community Justice Project developed Brotherhood Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that uplifts and empowers young African American males who have had contact with the criminal justice system, are involved in gangs, or are at risk of such involvement. Continue Reading →

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Royal Red Hat Sabathanettes celebrate sisterhood and bonding

Local society chapter is 10 years strong and growing
 

By Dwight Hobbes
Contributing Writer

 

The Royal Red Hat Sabathanettes’ April 18 induction ceremony and celebration was a simple, yet elegant affair conducted with winning grace at Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis, with the characteristic lavender and crimson color scheme displayed in attire and reflected in table settings. Eleven new members were welcomed into the ranks. “We love, cherish and care for each other, help each, support each other,” said a brightly smiling Clara Tims, who also goes by the nickname “Cake Lady” (she sells cakes and pies). It’s an elementary concept and a powerful one. Red Hat Society is a worldwide sisterhood whose principle purpose is as basic as it is profound — social interaction and bonding between women. Continue Reading →

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Seward Co-op needs a community benefits agreement

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Rakia Ameen

Guest Commentator

 

I am a concerned citizen of the Bryant-Central neighborhood and would like to address some issues that are not only from me personally but from many of my fellow neighbors in the community. I first would like to say that I am pleased to hear that Seward Co-op is building a ‘Friendship Store’ on 38th and 3rd Avenue South. I am also an advocate of healthy food access in urban communities. I attended the March 12, 2014 meeting at Sabathani Community Center with the large turnout of the community. It shows that we are concerned and want this new business venture in our neighborhood to be successful. Continue Reading →

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NanoDay returns to Sabathani Community Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Isaac Peterson

Contributing Writer

 

On Saturday, April 5, the 3rd annual NanoDay event will return to the Sabathani Community Center.  

What is NanoDay? NanoDay brings together university researchers, science educators, and the public for an afternoon of learning, hands-on experiments and fun for both children and adults, all focused on exploring the world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces. A range of Nano programs demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale. Participants will be able to examine tools used by nanoscientists, showcase scientific advances using nanotechnology, and participate in discussions of technology and society. Continue Reading →

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Marrow transplant recipient finds a way to pay it forward

By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer

 

Cherise Rachel Vincent isn’t merely a presence in the room. She commands it. A lithe 5’5”, fluidly articulate with a pleasant yet frank demeanor, she arrests attention with understated authority. Which comes in handy for her professional capacity as a public face at Be The Match. Specifically, she is associate human resources strategic business partner at the National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match. Continue Reading →

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