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Washburn Black doll-hanging incident stirs outrage

Washburn Black doll-hanging incident stirs outrage

Jan. 30 |   By Mel Reeves Contributing Writer   The hanging of a Black doll by four Washburn High School students on January 11 created quite a furor at the school and in the Minneapolis Black community. A press conference was called last week and...

St. Paul native spearheads projects highlighting Black achievement — Rondo, Toni Stone, Jimmy Lee, Dred Scott left imprint  on Minnesota history

St. Paul native spearheads projects highlighting Black achievement — Rondo, Toni Stone, Jimmy Lee, Dred Scott left imprint on Minnesota history

Jan. 30 |   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Black folk and their accomplishments in Minnesota too often have been overlooked or undervalued, believes Frank White. For several years now White has been working on several civic projects to spotlight...

Minister celebrates his 105th birthday — Reverend Smith describes himself as a ‘late bloomer’

Minister celebrates his 105th birthday — Reverend Smith describes himself as a ‘late bloomer’

Jan. 30 |     By Jamal Denman Contributing Writer   On Saturday, January 19, Wayman AME Church in North Minneapolis played host to a glorious event that celebrated the 105th birthday of Reverend Noah Spencer Smith. The church was filled with...

This week’s Entertainment Spotlights!

This week’s Entertainment Spotlights!

Jan. 30 | Nellie Now through Feb. 17 History Theater 30 East 10th St., St. Paul 651-292-4323 or www.historytheatre.com Civil rights and labor activist Nellie Stone Johnson was a Minnesota hero. Her feisty spirit and drive to succeed made her a political...

SFJAZZ’s new home, Bobby Z’s 2nd benefit, D’Angelo’s new music

SFJAZZ’s new home, Bobby Z’s 2nd benefit, D’Angelo’s new music

Jan. 30 |   Congrats to SFJAZZ. After presenting its first concerts in San Francisco 30 years ago, today the nonprofit organization SFJAZZ has built a home and performance venue of its own. Its grand opening occurred on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January...

Ruby! The Story of Ruby Bridges: Play about civil rights-era child hero re-created in new staging

Ruby! The Story of Ruby Bridges: Play about civil rights-era child hero re-created in new staging

Jan. 30 |     It isn’t often a figure from African America history is still around once his or her accomplishments finally are celebrated. A spectacular exception, of course, is President Barack Obama. Not nearly as famous but nonetheless a hallmark...

Let the games begin: the selection of stadium construction manager — Fraser, Davis and Tomlin: quota guys in the NFL?

Let the games begin: the selection of stadium construction manager — Fraser, Davis and Tomlin: quota guys in the NFL?

Jan. 30 |   The push-Black-Americans-in-football-to-the-back-of-the-bus games have begun, raising “Blacks need not apply” signs not only for stadium construction jobs but also NFL team head-coaching jobs. This is not about quotas. It is about statistical...

Is doll-hanging incident a result of ignorance or callousness?

Is doll-hanging incident a result of ignorance or callousness?

Jan. 30 |   Someone once said that “the problem with the past is it’s not quite past.” Ironically, the hanging of a Black doll and the dragging of it through school at Minneapolis Washburn was a reminder that the past is not quite past us in our...

APRC statement on Russia’s adoption ban

APRC statement on Russia’s adoption ban

Jan. 30 |   Russia’s recent law that prohibits the adoption of Russian children by United States’ citizens illustrates the enormous complexities of international adoption and exposes the multiple parties and interest groups that have a stake in the...