Minnesota’s Black Community Project receives ‘Book of the Year’ honor

Courtesy of MNHS

Minnesota’s Black Community Project was recently notified that their book entitled “Minnesota’s Black Community in the 21st Century” received the 2020 R. Wayne Pace Human Resource Development Book of the Year Award from the Academy of Human Resource Development (HRD), a global professional organization that encourages and highlights the systematic study of human resource development theories, processes, and practices.

Minnesota’s Black Community Project is a Minnesota non-profit organization that publicly acknowledges and celebrates the accomplishments of African Americans in Minnesota, past and present. 

The book, published in April of 2020 by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, builds off the research of the late Walter R. Scott, Sr. by eloquently highlighting what successful African American human resource development looks like presently in Minnesota, in a variety of career fields utilizing professional photographs and summarized biographical sketches.

For over 165 years to the present, a small population of African Americans in Minnesota have lived and thrived in cities surrounding Minneapolis and St. Paul.

During 1950 through 2015, distinguished African American Minnesota researchers, and such scholars as the late Walter R. Scott Sr., Dr. David Taylor, and Dr. William Green began documenting and publishing the historical accomplishments, and contributions of African American pioneers in Minnesota during the 19th and 20th centuries.

However, presently in the 21st century, documented and published research remains scant that highlights the contemporary accomplishments and contributions of African American trailblazers that are thriving in Minnesota.

To fill this void in the Minnesota historical literature, seven professional African American Minnesotans came together in 2015 to develop and launch a much-needed effort entitled Minnesota’s Black Community Project. These African American professionals are Anthony R Scott, Dr. Charles E. Crutchfield, III, Dr. Chaunda L. Scott, Christopher Crutchfield, George J. Scott, Dr. Charles E. Crutchfield, II and Beverly Lampkin.

For more information about Minnesota’s Black Community, contact Anthony R. Scott, President of Minnesota’s Black Community Project at anthony.scott@comcast.net.

Information provided by Dr. Charles, E. Crutchfield, III MD.