(CLICK THE IMAGE TO OPEN THE YEARBOOK) For 23 years, the Spokesman-Recorder nonprofit and its supporters have sponsored the Graduation Celebration, an annual scholarship awards celebration of Cecil E. Newman Scholarship essay winners and graduating seniors in the greater Twin Cities area. In conjunction with the event, graduating seniors are also invited to submit their … [Read more...]
MSR special editions and features:
Each year the MSR recognizes and celebrates MLK Jr. Day, Black History Month, the Graduation Celebration for graduating high school seniors, and most recently, Black Music Month, in the print edition. In this space, find stories pertaining to each special edition as categorized.
The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) and its nonprofit namesake the Spokesman-Recorder 501(c)(3) hosted the 23rd annual Graduation Celebration Thursday, May 24 at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Golden Valley. More than 200 community members, graduating students and their parents attended the free scholarship dinner and ceremony awards. Ten students were presented with Cecil E. … [Read more...]
On Broadway (1959), in movie houses (1961), and afterward on television, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun increasingly held Black audiences — as well as White — rapturously spellbound. As hasn't been done since, the American landmark helped usher this nation into the civilized world. The August Wilson of her day, Hansberry's phenomenally unprecedented … [Read more...]
Nearly 50 years ago this March, Jim Robinson made Minnesota boys’ basketball history. “I worked the [state] tournament three years in a row,” beginning in 1971 as a game official, Robinson proudly stated. The longtime referee, now a supervisor of officials for the Minnesota State High School League, reflected on his legendary career in a recent MSR phone … [Read more...]
Fifty years ago, a tragic accident ended the groundbreaking career of Major Robert H. Lawrence, Jr., a Chicago native and stellar Air Force pilot who became America’s first Black astronaut. On December 8, 2017 — the 50th anniversary of his death — NASA honored his often-ignored legacy and contributions to the agency. Earlier this year, the Chicago Crusader reported … [Read more...]