City of Minneapolis salutes history makers [photos]

A Who’s Who of Black influencers and leaders from around the state were recently saluted by the City of Minneapolis for their contributions to culture and the advancement of equity across various fields. Community members packed the City Hall Rotunda on Feb. 20 for the City’s third 2020 Black History Month event, hosted by the Minneapolis Black Employee Network.

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This year’s award recipients were Tracey Williams-Dillard, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder publisher and CEO; Dr. LaPrincess Brewer, assistant professor, cardiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine; Dr. Brittany Lewis, research associate, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota; Dr. Verna Cornelia Price and Brother Shane Price, co-founders, The Power of People Leadership Institute; Dr. Artika Tyner, director, Center on Race, Leadership and Social Justice, University of St. Thomas School of Law; and Houston White, owner/creator, HWMR and the Black Excellence Movement. 

In addition to the “History Maker At Home” presentation, attendees enjoyed inspirational songs from Giovanni Ford, Debbie Duncan and Gwen Matthews, and a keynote address by Deborah Watts, president of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation.