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Is Black History Month still relevant?



By Charles Hallman
Staff writer


Is Black History Month still relevant? A mix of Black folk from the “young, and young at heart” assembled at Sirius XM’s Washington, D.C. headquarters and discussed this topic early February. USA Today columnist Dewayne Wickham, Association for the Study of African American Life Executive Director Sylvia Cyrus and social commentator Jeff Johnson were featured panelists on “Banneker, Barack and Beyond: The Meaning of Black History,” moderated by Sirius XM weekday morning host Joe Madison February 6. Sirius XM Urban Programming Vice President Dion Summers helped organized the event. “The question that we put out there — does Black History Month matter anymore — was aimed more at the group we call the ‘millennials’ (ages 18-34),” explained Summers in a phone interview with the MSR. “There always has been a certain understanding of Black History Month. Continue Reading →

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St. Paul’s ‘Sprockets’ gets new leader

St. Paul’s Mayor Norm Coleman has appointed Eyenga Bokamba as director of Sprockets, the city’s out-of-school-time network

. Sprockets strives to increase participation in high-quality after-school programs, which research shows can improve school attendance, test scores and grades. “Learning doesn’t stop when the school bell rings,” said Mayor Coleman. “Sprockets is one of the best opportunities

we have to help close the achievement gap in Saint Paul by increasing access to after-school and summer learning for young people throughout the city. Continue Reading →

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Free Angela provides a brilliant, invaluable look into America’s history


Movie Review

By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer


It is sad to see how complacent we Black people have grown since the 1960s. The bourgeoisie blithely transitioned from a populace who once vowed “We Will Overcome” to a generation whose abiding principle now is “I have overcome.” You’d scarcely believe there was a time when Black America was determined to revolt against entrenched, institutionalized racism by, as Malcolm X said, any means necessary. This country’s rulers realized back then that the bill had come due. Too many African Americans were longer shuffling along, head bowed, yassuhing and no ma’aming. Too many had their shoulders squared, braced to put their feet in the nation’s behind. Continue Reading →

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