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Daily Planet brings new publisher of color to local media

Adaobi Okolue

The winds of change have taken an interesting turn at the online publication Twin Cities Daily Planet. TCDP began with a mission to cover culture diversity and, increasingly over the years, to do so by the pens of minority writers. It was the first such entity hereabouts since the magazine Colors: A Journal of Opinion by Writers of Color folded in the late ’90s. Continue Reading →

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Race discrimination persists in school discipline practices

By Mary Turck

Contributing Writer

 

In early January, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder jointly announced new federal guidelines on school discipline. Why? “Racial discrimination in school discipline is a real problem today, and not just an issue from 40 to 50 years ago,” said Duncan. Want numbers? The new guidelines have plenty:

“The Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), conducted by OCR, has demonstrated that students of certain racial or ethnic groups tend to be disciplined more than their peers. Continue Reading →

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African Americans in the Twin Cities co-op movement

By LaDonna Redmond

Contributing Writer

 

 

“There were two African American owned co-ops in the Twin Cities,” according to Gary Cunningham, former staff of the old Bryant-Central co-op. Gary’s uncle, Moe Burton, was the energy behind the co-op that formed in 1975 on the corner of 35th Street and 4th Avenue. Decades earlier, in 1946, the Credjafawn Social Club formed the first African American Co-op, the Credjafawn Co-op, which was located a few blocks from the current Mississippi Market Co-op location at Selby and Dale. St. Peters AME church member and Central community resident, Gregory McMoore became concerned when he learned from a Wilder Foundation report that found that you can predict the life expectancy of people by their zip code. Continue Reading →

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Is ‘Minnesota Nice’ stifling important conversations about race?

By Sheila Regan

Guest Commentator

 

This whole South High School situation is really affecting me. When I heard about the fight that happened two weeks ago, just two days after I had written an article about the anti-racism group at the school, S.T.A.R.T., I found myself crying for the school that I once attended. How could this supposed race riot have happened when there were all these smart kids working to combat the racism at their school? The more I talk to the students, the more I’m confused about what actually happened that day. My feeling is that the situation is a lot more complex than it has been portrayed, but regardless, clearly there are issues that need to be addressed, not just at the school but in our greater community. Continue Reading →

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Betty Ellison-Harpole: Teaching beyond the recipe, living outside the box

By Alleen Brown

Contributing Writer

 

Betty Ellison-Harpole moved to the Midwest in the 1950s from segregated Memphis, Tennessee. For 37 years she taught kindergarten through third grade, as one of few African American teachers in Minneapolis schools. She piloted the city’s first all-day kindergarten class at Bethune school in the early 1980s. Although she’s retired now, Ellison-Harpole is still active in education circles, and age has not diminished her personality. If you give her the opportunity, she will talk to you for hours about early education, Minneapolis politics, and growing up poor and African American in the South. Continue Reading →

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From Selma, Alabama to Minneapolis

 
MPS superintendent reflects on voting rights, proposed voter ID amendment
 

By Alleen Brown

Contributing Writer

 

At a recent anti-voter ID amendment rally, Minneapolis Public Schools Supt. Bernadeia Johnson spoke to the crowd about her family’s fight for voter rights in Selma, Alabama, in the 1960s. Although she can’t speak for the district, Johnson is decidedly anti-amendment, and her growing-up years in the heart of the voting rights movement in tiny Selma, Alabama, get the credit for her stance. The Twin Cities Daily Planet (DP) sat down with Johnson (BJ) to talk about growing up in Selma and about what she thinks about Minnesota’s proposed voter ID amendment.  To read more about this story, pick up a copy of the MSR newspaper:

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