MLK legacy gets a creative upgrade in South Mpls park

The next phase in the re-dedication efforts of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in Minneapolis kicked off May 6 with community members and partners, City and County officials, Minneapolis park board members, and members of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Council gathering at the park for the official groundbreaking ceremony of a new playground.

MLK legacy gets a creative upgrade in South Mpls park Read More

Mpls NAACP elections result in all-women leadership

The new Minneapolis NAACP leadership signals “a turning point” after an historic all-women slate was elected in a special election last Saturday, May 2.
Last weekend’s event at NorthPoint Health and Wellness drew nearly 100 persons, and the lobby had a precinct caucus feel with many lobbying for St. Thomas Law Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, who announced her branch president candidacy days earlier.

Mpls NAACP elections result in all-women leadership Read More

UPDATED: Northside schools create partnership for student success

A new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focus will be fully introduced this fall at both North Community High School and, a few blocks away, at the “new” Franklin Middle School. North Principal Shawn Harris-Berry and Franklin Principal Karon Cunningham are working collaboratively across the schools.
There was a strong relationship back in the ‘80s and the ‘90s” between the two schools, recalls Harris-Berry, a 27-year Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) veteran. Since then, however, both schools have undergone major changes. North now is a “small college-preparatory” high school with nearly 300 students.

UPDATED: Northside schools create partnership for student success Read More

Is the Strib unfairly targeting Black leaders?

Is the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s reporting on Black leaders and local Black organizations an intentional attack? The daily newspaper’s recent report on the Minneapolis Urban League (MUL) “of potential double billing” of the State and the Minneapolis Public Schools is part of a disturbing pattern that started last fall, says African American Leadership Forum (AALF) Executive Director Jeffery Hassan.

In a published commentary in last week’s MSR, Hassan complained that the Star Tribune’s April 13 report “casts aspersions” upon the legacy organization and its leadership concerning its educational programs, as well as that the state’s only two Black senators, Jeff Hayden and Bobby Joe Champion, now are lobbying for more funding for MUL.

Is the Strib unfairly targeting Black leaders? Read More

damali ayo promises humor, stories and love in her Race Ambassador Awards keynote

Speaking to the MSR by phone, keynote speaker ayo said her address will encourage attendees to “shift from a mindset of fear to a mindset of love…love for ourselves and others.” ayo, an activist, conceptual artist, and author of satirical books How to Rent a Negro and Obamistan!, said she was taught and trained from an early age to be an activist by her activist mother. “I often refer to myself as her first foot soldier,” ayo said with a laugh.

damali ayo promises humor, stories and love in her Race Ambassador Awards keynote Read More

Mpls advocacy group works to restore ex-felons’ voting rights

“Forty-seven thousand Minnesotans don’t have the right to vote. They’re tax-paying citizens who have served their time, and they’re out. They’re in our community, they own property. They run businesses. They’re part of our community. And they’re denied the right to vote on Election Day, but they have to pay taxes.”

Mpls advocacy group works to restore ex-felons’ voting rights Read More

Program offers safe refuge for Black women living with HIV/AIDS

Shanasha Whitson is the WILLOW program coordinator at the Minnesota African American AIDS Task Force (AAATF). WILLOW, which has been around for three years, used to be a four-week program. It was formed by women who are HIV positive for other women who are HIV positive.

Program offers safe refuge for Black women living with HIV/AIDS Read More

Forum to challenge the education status quo

A forum on addressing how to better educate Black children is scheduled for April 20 in North Minneapolis. BEST Academy Founder and CEO Eric Mahmoud is the expected keynote speaker at “The Education of Our Children in the 21st Century” at BEST Academy, located in the former Lincoln Middle School building on 2131 12th Avenue North. The free public event from six to nine pm is sponsored by the Sankofa Series, a local grassroots organization.

Forum to challenge the education status quo Read More