What could be more powerful than a strong woman of color in a position of leadership? How about four women of color in leadership roles of Fortune 500 companies discussing their perspectives from personal and professional life while being led by a fifth woman also in a leadership position?Women of color leaders reflect on their achievement Read More
Many of our readers will be sure to recognize friends, family and neighbors from the distant and not-so-distant past — and famous historical personages such as the incomparable Paul Robeson, interviewed by a Minneapolis Spokesman staff writer for the December 15, 1944 issue.From the MSR Legacy Archives Read More
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
Michael Walker, in front of an estimated 250 Minneapolis high school students at Edison High School Monday, publicly thanked Alan Page for believing in him and other Black youth over the years.Justice Alan Page honored at last traveling court Read More
In last week’s issue, the MSR published “Northside schools create partnership for student success: Principals envision a grades 6-12 educational continuum,” announcing the opening of North/Summatech in 2015. Since that time we’ve received the following update from Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS):UPDATE: North/Summatech partnership Read More
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.
On May 1, hundreds participated in a series of Black Lives Matter rallies in support of the 36 protesters who were arrested at the Mall of America demonstration last December. The protests coincided with International Workers’ Day and in solidarity of workers’ rights.PHOTOS: Black Lives Matter/May Day Event Read More
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.
“Black Lives Matter” is resonating in our nation and is bringing awareness to the changes needed to address many systemic barriers. For Keary Wayne Saffold, it is music to his ears. For the last 13 years he has dedicated his life to ensuring that every child hears that they matter.School dean stands in the gap for students of color Read More
The Facing Race Ambassador Awards took place Tuesday, April 28, honoring the racial equity work of Nekima Levy-Pounds, law professor and civil rights activist, and Lucila Dominguez of Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL) — in English, Center of Workers United.PHOTOS: The Facing Race Ambassador Awards Read More
Over 2,000 people turned out for the “Rise Up and Shut it Down with Baltimore” rally Wednesday, April 29, organized by Black Lives Matter Minneapolis.PHOTOS: Rise Up and #ShutItDown rally in Minneapolis Read More
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
John J. Henry — no, not the steel drivin’ man of historic lore — has a fascinating line of work. He’s an inventor, president and CEO of Innervision.Inventor/entrepreneur’s first priority is saving lives Read More
Can the current U.S. criminal justice system be reformed? This and other questions were recently discussed at a half-day forum at St. Paul’s Metropolitan State University. No easy answers were forthcoming.U.S. justice system does what it was designed to do: lock up people of color Read More
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
“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
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
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
In fact, one demonstration during the Nano Days event showcased a waterproof, stain-resistant material used to make khaki pants and rain coats. The material actually repels ink, water, food, or whatever else you throw on it.Sabathani event exposed Twin Cites youth to nano technology Read More
While officers voiced opinions of the lack of respect by young citizens of the Twin Cities, teens voiced similar frustration with their peers. Young men and women spoke up about being stereotyped and falsely profiled.Youth-police relations subject of St. Paul gathering Read More