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I came to Minnesota when I was 16 years old. I am now 50.

Spike Moss was in charge of the WAY when I was a teenager. While he never seeks accolades, I think it is important that people know that Spike Moss was instrumental in saving so many youth through his program at the WAY and with the Leo Johnson Drill Team.

I have attended funerals where Spike’s influence has been discussed among people my age. I know this is a small token, but I just want to remind people that we have had some heroes in our very own North Minneapolis community, and I wish kids today had what we had 35 years ago.

Here is what I posted on my Facebook page as a caption under a picture of Spike Moss:

“Sometimes you have to recognize a home-grown leader. I would like to salute Spike Moss. He has been a foot soldier in North Minneapolis for as long as I can remember. I was 16 when I started going to the WAY in North Minneapolis. He kept us youth in North Minneapolis safe, active and out of trouble.

I salute you Spike Moss for your years of truly caring about young Black children in North Minneapolis. You are a true hero!”


Read Spike Moss’ column “Real Talk” twice monthly in the MSR

Lisa Clemons lives in North Minneapolis.



2 Responses to “Letter to the Editor: Spike Moss: a true hero”

  1. Lucky Rosenbloom December 18, 2012

    All true words for an undaunted brother such as Spike. Hey, we knew about Spike as teens in St. Paul. Good job Spike.

    • you call a man with 19 kids spread all over the country side a hero, a man that takes no real obligation to his kids nor to the countless grandchildren, a man that never invested in his own kids. Some hero, he may have done some good for some in Minnesota but he lacks in his own personal life.


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