From the MSR Legacy Archives

As part of our celebration over the next several months of 80 years of continuous publication, the MSR will be republishing notable stories from our extensive archives of more than 4,000 weekly issues of African American news in Minnesota. Many of our readers will surely recognize friends, family and neighbors from the distant and not-so-distant past — such as from the Fisk Institute Delegates below featured in the July 27, 1951 issue of the Minneapolis Spokesman.

Minnesota Delegation at Fisk Institute on Race Relations


Nashville, Tenn — Prominent in the annual Fisk University Institute on Race Relations held here July 2 to 14 were several Minnesotans and former residents of the Gopher state.

First row, reading left to right, Dr. Herman Long of the Fisk staff, well known in Minneapolis; Mrs. Opel Gruner, executive secretary of the Minneapolis Joint Committee for Employment Opportunity; Ann Arnold Hedgeman, assistant to the Social Security Administrator, Washington, D.C.; Agnes Deverill, Minneapolis public schools; Genevieve Steefel of the Minneapolis Mayor’s Council on Human Relations; Dr. Charles S. Johnson, president of Fisk University

Second row: Stanley Roberts, Member of Fisk sociology staff who attended the University of Minnesota; Galen Weaver, director of the American Missionary Society committee on race and religion; Clifford Rucker, executive secretary of the Governor’s Interracial Commission; and Douglas Hall, Minneapolis attorney, who represented Ralph Helstein, president of the CIO Packinghouse Workers Union.

2 Comments on “From the MSR Legacy Archives”

  1. I would like to have a copy of an article published in ten Minneapolis Spokesman on July 29, 1971 titled Pictured At Head Of The Lakes “Duluth Reunion-1971”. Any other information about Blacks in Duluth would be useful. Thanking you in advance for your assistance.

    tanking you in

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