Sponsor Opportunities

BLACK HISTORY CALENDAR & SPECIAL EDITIONS: The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder newspaper annually honors Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday & Black History Month! Year after year, African Americans look forward to these celebratory pages. In addition, parents and schools use these sections to educate themselves, their families and employees on why it’s important to recognize the contributions that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and all African Americans have made to society. By showing your pride and gratitude to the community, your business will profit.  

With our annual Black History Calendar, the MSR salutes and celebrates Black history — both yesterday’s history and history in the making. Sponsors receive signage throughout the Annual Black History Calendar, the Online Events Calendar, and a full page ad in each of our annual Special Editions.

  • GO GREEN: The MSR is committed to enlightening the African American community on how we all can contribute to sustaining a clean, healthy environment for our families, neighborhoods, and the communities in which we live and work. Green2Green has been created to educate and inform readers on how to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle so we all can have a greater understanding of the green movement, both locally and globally. It’s all about turning thinking green into saving green both in our environment and in our personal finances while being socially responsible. Sponsors receive logo placement in print and online for 52 consecutive weeks.
  • HEALTH: MSR publishes a weekly Health and Wellness section designed to Inform, Inspire, and Empower our readers to better attend to their physical and emotional health. Sponsors receive signage in the Health section in print and online for 52 consecutive weeks.
  • MESSAGE TO PARENTS: A bi-weekly educational column with practical advice from education experts. The column aims to enable parents to assist with their children’s learning; provide how-to tips for preparing preschoolers and supporting older children’s school experience; help to navigate school bureaucracies; provide historical perspectives on cultural factors of particular interest to African Americans; all with the intent of helping reduce the state’s unacceptable educational achievement gaps

Thank you for your consideration. If you would like to discuss this opportunity in more detail in person or by phone, please contact us at 612-827-4021.

Event Opportunities:

 Sister Spokesman I would like to introduce you to Sister Spokesman, part of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder’s community outreach initiatives. Our mission is to provide women of color in the Twin Cities with a comprehensive and unique networking outlet, as well as exposure to local area businesses that provide products to and services for women. We invite you to invest and participate in the activities and programs that Sister Spokesman members host to accomplish our mission. Every month, more than 100 women converge at a local “hot spot” to spend the afternoon celebrating our contributions to the Twin Cities, welcoming newcomers, and learning more about the companies, organizations and topics that enhance our lives. Sister Spokesman events always feature an informational session on topics that impact today’s woman, including financial management, self-improvement, fashion and beauty tips, professional development, health and wellness, and community involvement. Click here to learn more.

Interested in vendor opportunities, consider becoming a vendor at Sister Spokesman. Email sisterspokesman@spokesman-recorder.com or call 612-827-4021.

 Education and Graduation: It’s a Family Affair Every year, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) will host its Annual High School Graduation Celebration with the theme, “Education and Graduation: It’s a Family Affair,”  in honor of the Twin Cities’ African and African American high school graduates. On behalf of our community’s graduates, we are asking you to join us in supporting this event. Like your company, the MSR values education as an essential component to being successful in life. In today’s environment, the obstacles and challenges facing young people, particularly students of color, can be as difficult as navigating a minefield. It is through this celebration that the MSR, along with its sponsors, can publicly acknowledge African and African American high school graduates for their achievements. As an event sponsor, your company’s financial support will help to ensure that this event is successful. More importantly, your support helps to give young adults the recognition and the encouragement that is so necessary for their continued success. This is especially important when you consider that more than one out of three African American students in Minnesota drop out of high school, according to the Minnesota Department of Children, Families & Learning. Click here to learn more.

 Juneteenth 

In 1986, the local Juneteenth Celebration was founded as a way to support the wellness and betterment of the African American communities in the Twin Cities and the Midwest. The MSR has partnered with Juneteenth as its media partner and official newspaper! This year, your organization can be part of the largest annual African American celebration by sponsoring the largest African American event in the Twin Cities and/or advertising for our special Juneteenth edition.



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