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Sabathani’s history the focus of community art exhibit



Sabathani Community Center is putting together a storytelling art exhibit about the history of Sabathani and the people who were key in creating the organization. Sabathani was formed in 1966 by South Minneapolis residents and members of Sabathani Baptist Church to provide structured activities for African American youth. The exhibit will also feature people with roots in Sabathani’s South Minneapolis community who made significant achievements in politics, entertainment, medicine, athletics, education and business.  The purpose of the exhibit is to document and preserve the history of a grassroots effort initially focused around neighborhood kids that has advanced into a major institution known throughout the Twin Cities and today serves nearly 30,000 people a year with a broad range of needs. The work of the exhibit will be done by Judge LaJune Lange (ret.), president of the LaJune Thomas Lange International Leadership Institute, and Anika Robbins of Anika and Friends. Lange and Robbins will inventory present artwork throughout Sabathani, conduct interviews for an oral history, and collect news articles and historical writings. Continue Reading →

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Cherishing the memory of a mother lost to Alzheimer’s



Clarissa Walker’s life a legacy her daughter shares with the community

By Neva Walker

Contributing Writer

I recall my mom once saying to me, “Baby the hardest thing is, I’m losing myself because without your memories you have nothing.” That statement became the struggle my family would have to cope with while watching our pillar slowly leave before our eyes. Clarissa Walker, who passed away on March 7
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I woke up a couple weeks ago with her on my mind, which isn’t unusual but that morning the devastating disease that ceased the vibrant intelligent woman I had known was heavily on my mind, too — Alzheimer’s disease. I was surprised to learn that November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the same time I would be honoring the birth of my mother. Since I don’t believe in coincidence, I decided this was a message placed on my heart to share my family’s story along with information about this disease with my community. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia and a progressive disease that impacts the brain and causes severe memory loss over time; it is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Continue Reading →

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