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Kente Circle: new location, same quality work

By Brandon Jones

Contributing Writer

 

There is a new organization on the corner of E. 38th Street and S. 4th Avenue in Minneapolis, although the organization itself has been around for some time now. It’s called Kente Circle, LLC, and on January 15 Kente Circle opened its new doors to the community to come and see their new location and learn more about the organization itself. Kente Circle is a mental health agency specializing in providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy to clientele living in Minneapolis-St. Paul and surrounding communities. While the location is new, the organization has been in the neighborhood for several years. Continue Reading →

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Fitz delivers high-five performance

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — High-five for the Fifth Annual Fitz’s Supper Club at Morton’s in Scottsdale. It was a terrific event on Monday August 26, where a lot of good people supported and enjoyed a powerful evening with the Fitzgerald family and friends. The Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl star Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. teamed with Morton’s presents Fitz’s Supper Club Celebrities at your service. It was fun, entertaining and emotional. Mike Phillips delivered a wonderful, jazzy, musical

opening performance. Continue Reading →

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Locals joined bus ride to D.C. for 1963 March commemoration

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

A small but very enthusiastic group of Minneapolis-area residents returned from last Saturday’s commemorative march in Washington, D.C. pledging to work together for change. As the oratory at the 1963 March on Washington, which featured Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, was important then, so was last weekend’s march, believes Hattie Bonds. She and her two young sons — her “change babies” as she proudly calls them — were among the nearly 30 people who left Sabathani Community Center last Friday for a two-day bus trip to the Nation’s Capitol. They joined thousands from around the nation to mark the 50th anniversary of the original August 28 March on Washington

Last weekend’s event was “spearheaded” by National Action Network (NAN) along with other legacy Civil Rights organizations and various unions that sponsored it, explained Bonds, a member of NAN’s Minneapolis chapter. She told the MSR prior to leaving for D.C. that she hoped that those who attended the march last weekend would be moved to action. Continue Reading →

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Sabathani appoints interim executive director

 

 

Sabathani Community Center has announced that Lissa Jones has been appointed as the facility’s interim executive director as the board launches an executive search. Her role will include providing executive-level support and conducting an organizational capacity assessment. Jones was deemed by Sabathani’s board to be uniquely qualified to serve in this capacity based on her previous experience and expertise. In addition to leading African American Family Services for 10 years, Jones’ core competencies include strategic growth opportunity development; learning and leadership development; budget management; resource development and grants management; and organizational effectiveness and capacity building. “Detangling organizational puzzles is my secondary love,” shared Jones. Continue Reading →

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Mayoral forum focused on Mpls communities of color — Candidates acknowledged inequities but lacked solutions

 

 

By Jamal Denman

Online Editor

 

On Thursday, June 6, the Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis hosted the One MPLS Mayoral Forum, giving candidate hopefuls the opportunity to address the questions and concerns of members of Minneapolis’ communities of color. Questions were collected from the audience before the start of the forum, and the candidates were randomly selected to answer each question. While it is assumed that the participants in the forum were made aware of the forum’s overriding theme, because of the candidates’ constant inability or unwillingness to directly answer questions posed to them it would not be hard to believe otherwise. The auditorium in the Sabathani Community Center was packed with a diverse crowd of community activists, politically active young people, and concerned citizens eager to hear what the people vying to become the next mayor of Minneapolis had to say. Mayoral candidates Mark Andrew, Jackie Cherryhomes, Betsy Hodges, Tony Lane, Doug Mann, Don Samuels, Gary Schiff, and Jim Thomas faced the 500-plus people in attendance and their questions that centered on addressing issues facing communities of color. Continue Reading →

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We did it again! — Ninth annual Carol Fitzgerald Fund announces grant winners

 

 

 

Ten years ago on April 10, 2003, we lost a great woman, Carol Fitzgerald. Thanks to great support from our community locally and nationally, we continue her work. With major spending cuts across the United States in funding the fight against HIV-AIDS and breast cancer and for urban education support, many voices are not being heard. Last Friday, April 12 at the Metropolitan Ballroom on a cold snowy evening in Golden Valley and Saturday, April 13 at Martin Luther King Park in Minneapolis, we carried on the mission to do our part with your continued help, through the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund (CFMF). Big Sy Huff was master of ceremonies; Hall-of-Famer Cris Carter, my sons All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. and Marcus Fitzgerald, and yours truly spoke passionately about the work of Carol Fitzgerald. Continue Reading →

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Youth-focused Black History Month celebration planned

Black parents also encouraged to participate
 

By Youthprise Staff

Contributing Writers

 

“Renewing Hope in the Promise of Minnesota’s Youth” is an opportunity to commemorate Black History Month with a series of events on February 26-27 that embrace the insight, resourcefulness and energy of today’s youth, while also tapping into the strengths of African American culture and history. The organizers plan to bring people together across cultural and generational lines to collectively address how African American cultural strengths and lessons from history can be used to address disparities in opportunities and outcomes for under-engaged youth. Planned, orchestrated, and led by youth in partnership with adults, the Black History Month Celebration will include multimedia presentations, artistic expressions, public speaking, and facilitation by local youth in an effort to showcase the diverse skills, talents, and qualities that are being taught and strengthened through local out-of-school time programs.

Dr. Joseph L. White, Ph.D., pioneer in the field of Black psychology, perennial voice for youth empowerment, and strong advocate for leadership development among Black and Latino youth will be a featured guest

throughout the two-day celebration. His keynote presentation, remarks, and facilitated dialogues over the course of the two days are titled “Discovering, Rediscovering and Utilizing the Strengths of the Past to Take Control of Our Destiny as African American Youth in the 21st Century.”

Recent research shows that engaging young people in pursuits that affirm racial pride and promote positive connections to their culture can have a positive impact on academic performance. On that account, teaching youth positive messages about their culture and history can play a fundamental role in laying the foundation for their future success. Continue Reading →

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Washburn Black doll-hanging incident stirs outrage

 

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer

 

The hanging of a Black doll by four Washburn High School students on January 11 created quite a furor at the school and in the Minneapolis Black community. A press conference was called last week and held at the MSR in Minneapolis by parents and community members, in which they expressed their hurt “that this kind of thing is still going on” and the desire to see that the perpetrators disciplined by the school. In a statement read at the press conference, participants said that this is a “needed opportunity to discuss and examine our collective perceptions of safety.” The group also pointed out that it was important to use this as an opportunity to teach students and staff about what is okay to say and do racially and what is not. Last Wednesday a community meeting was held at Washburn in which hundreds attended, primarily students. Parents and community members were concerned initially about the incident being swept under the rug and were alarmed about what appeared to be a delay in informing the students and parents about what occurred. Continue Reading →

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Businesswoman specializes in customized strategies

 

By Robin James

Contributing Writer

 

For organizations that want to make a meaningful impact in the marketplace, equip a workforce with new skills, and get better at offering ideas that transcend genres and categories, it isn’t easy. Millennium Consulting Group’s president Yvonne Cheek is up for initiating a dialogue on the subject. At a glance, she is a strategic change consultant. Along with her colleagues at Millennium Consulting Group in Minneapolis, Cheek helps her clientele broaden and shape their ways of thinking about designing, launching and reaping the benefits of new initiatives. The North Carolina native taught at both elementary and junior high schools in Greensboro, N.C., and has taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Puget Sound, where she served as the chair of music education, in Tacoma, Washington. Continue Reading →

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Voter ID march

 

On Sunday, August 26, 2012, an estimated 400 concerned citizens/protesters converged at the Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis. The group marched from Sabathani Community Center to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park for a rally and protest against the Voter ID amendment placed on this year’s ballot. The Sabathanites Drum Corps were the flagship group for the march. The purpose of the rally was to educate, motivate and inspire people to vote no on photo ID and encourage others to do the same. The rally was organized by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Council. Continue Reading →

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