Black women pioneers to be honored with commemorative street names in S. Mpls.

: Family members of Launa Q. Newman and Clarissa Rogers Walker gathered together outside of the Oct. 7 street-naming public hearing. (front, l-r) Deebaa Sirdar, Ward 8 policy aide, MSR Publisher/CEO Tracey Williams-Dillard, former MSR co-publisher Norma Williams, former House Rep. Neva Walker, Sara Rogers, Bret Rogers and Zoe Bourgerie, policy associate to Council VP Andrea Jenkins. (back row, l-r) former MSR co-publisher Jack Jackman, City Council VP Andrea Jenkins, Rock Rogers, Charles Rogers and Vann Rogers.
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The City of Minneapolis Planning Commission on Oct. 7 heard testimony in favor of adding commemorative street names to honor two pioneering African American women in South Minneapolis: Launa Q. Newman, former publisher of the MN Spokesman-Recorder, the oldest African American newspaper in the state of Minnesota; and Clarissa Rogers Walker, social worker, activist, and Sabathani Community Center leader.

The petitions, submitted by City Council VP Andrea Jenkins of Ward 8, will now go to the city council’s Zoning and Planning Committee on Oct. 31, and then to the full city council meeting on Nov. 8.

Once approved, the commemorative names of Launa Q. Newman Way will be added to 4th Ave. between 36th St. E. and 42nd St. E., and Clarissa Rogers Walker Way to 3rd Ave. S., between 36th St. E. and 42nd St. E. in South Minneapolis.