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The Good Wife Works – On Whitney Young: our Minnesota national treasure



We must deal with ourselves, but you must deal with us, too.”  — Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Pulitzer Prize winner


Seeing The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s fight for civil rights, a documentary film by Bonnie Boswell, prompted me to go back to read a second book on Young, Whitney Young: Militant Mediator, by his official biographer Dennis Dickerson. Whitney Moore Young was born 7/31/21 in Kentucky and drowned in Nigeria 3/11/71. Ramsey Clark saw Young’s arm go up twice in the water that day as if in trouble and pulled him out. The two autopsies that were performed disagreed on the cause of Young’s death. As head of the National Urban League, “His organization effectively lobbied the House and Senate to pass the Civil Rights Act(s) of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”

Young worked with President(s) John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson. Continue Reading →

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Civil rights freedom fighter comes to Mpls school


Southside Family Charter School will be holding “An Evening with Hollis Watkins” on Tuesday, January 17 from 6-7 pm. Celebrated Mississippi freedom fighter Hollis Watkins joined the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the early 1960s and has been a dedicated champion for civil and human rights throughout his lifetime. He has inspired generations of Southside students and families to continue the fight for social justice. Watkins is co-founder and president of Southern Echo, Inc., a leadership development, education, training, and technical assistance organization dedicated to empowering local residents throughout Mississippi and the Southern region to make political, economic, educational, and environmental systems accountable to the needs and interests of the African American community. “An Evening with Hollis Watkins” is an opportunity for the community to learn more about this remarkable man and our continuing struggle for justice. Continue Reading →

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