MSR partners with MPR to delve into racial equity in the Twin Cities

All eyes were on the Twin Cities after the tragic death of George Floyd in May.

Minneapolis and St. Paul press forward in ongoing discussions about racial equity in areas of importance to the survival of the region and the people.

In a historic partnership, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) joins forces with Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) to guide the conversations that matter most, from reshaping and reimagining policing and public safety to thriving during a pandemic to rebuilding for the sake of sustainability.

The MSR has a rich history of supporting Black-owned businesses, as evidenced by its popular Black Business Spotlight series that shines a light on local Black entrepreneurs each week. Tune in for a conversation about the impact of Black buying power and business ownership — right on time for the shopping season.

On Thursday, December 10 at 6 pm CT, the MSR will live stream a special edition of MSR Forefront with local business owners and the MN Black Chamber of Commerce. The episode, hosted by Stephenetta Harmon, is sponsored by The Minneapolis Foundation and MPR and will be streamed on

The pertinent conversations continue as MPR President Duchesne Drew will be the featured guest on Forefront on Thursday, December 17 at 6 pm CST to discuss pathways to racial equity in the media.

Drew will discuss MPR’s role in supporting Black media and MSR and MPR’s shared vision for engagement with the Black community with accurate reporting and authentic storytelling across their platforms. Viewers can join the discussion, which will also be live-streamed from MSR’s Facebook page.

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