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NASCAR internships create a ‘multicultural pipeline’ to the racing industry

NASCAR internships create a ‘multicultural pipeline’ to the racing industry

Aug. 1 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer For nearly 15 years, NASCAR selects college students each summer for its diversity internship program, which intends “to expose multicultural college students to employment opportunities” in a sport that has historically...

Treating youth violence as a menace to public health

Treating youth violence as a menace to public health

Jul. 31 |   Can the medical model help eradicate this plague?     By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer   Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, noted author of Deadly Consequences: How Violence Is Destroying Our Teenage Population and a Plan to Begin Solving...

Anti-poverty action plan drafted for Minnesota

Anti-poverty action plan drafted for Minnesota

Jul. 30 | Like-minded groups pool their efforts to advance economic mobility    By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer   Nancy MaekerPhoto courtesy of A Minnesota Without Poverty The anti-poverty group A Minnesota Without Poverty joined with the...

Parents, educators, legislators continue fight to keep racial integration efforts alive

Parents, educators, legislators continue fight to keep racial integration efforts alive

Jul. 29 | By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer   Last week, part one of this story described how Crosswinds, a special Integration District school created by the settlement of a 1990s NAACP lawsuit to end segregation in Minnesota, was nearly taken over...

One desegregation lawsuit not enough

One desegregation lawsuit not enough

Jul. 28 | Minnesota’s about to be sued again for school segregation   By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer   In about 1995, Minneapolis attorney Daniel Shulman was lead counsel in the landmark Minnesota class action court case Minneapolis Branch of...

New MPS director to focus on Black male achievement

New MPS director to focus on Black male achievement

Jul. 25 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) now has in place their new office that will specifically look at Black male student achievement. Michael Walker, a longtime district employee and most recently Roosevelt High...

Ellison proposes friendship societies

Ellison proposes friendship societies

Jul. 24 |   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and five other congressional Democrats last week sent a letter to both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry urging the administration “to...

Visiting Africans prepare to  become ‘transformative leaders’

Visiting Africans prepare to become ‘transformative leaders’

Jul. 23 | Representing 18 countries, they say they are learning the most from each other.   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs this summer hosted 25 young African professionals in its first...

Special Integration District school resists takeover attempt

Special Integration District school resists takeover attempt

Jul. 21 | Goal of ‘mitigating racial isolation’ in East Metro threatened by ‘school grab’   By Isaac Peterson Contributiong Writer   First of a two-part story   Parents and students in the United States scored a major victory 60 years ago in...

Aspiring educator shares penny-pinching tips

Aspiring educator shares penny-pinching tips

Jul. 18 | Youth, it’s understandably said, is wasted on the young. Not, though, in the person of Vanessa Young who, at 24, is an excellent exception to the proverbial rule. She’s sensibly down to earth when it comes to the fundamental nuts and bolts of...