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Dialogue transcends prison walls

Dialogue transcends prison walls

Oct. 22 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer A group of local community folk recently spent a day at Lino Lakes Prison — not to visit incarcerated relatives or friends, but rather as listeners. The 35-40 people met October 1 with around 150 inmates, said Organizing...

Charter schools lead pack in tackling achievement gap

Charter schools lead pack in tackling achievement gap

Oct. 22 | Test scores support administrators, teachers who are pushing for success   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer Studies show that children who live in poverty tend to do poorly in school. Last week in the MSR, the story “The education gap widens: Mpls...

Community members demand police accountability

Community members demand police accountability

Oct. 22 | Critics of police-community forums want more action, less talk   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Whenever city elected or appointed officials and community folk meet, even when it’s scheduled, it can be testy. At the second of three scheduled...

Trust essential in work with Black males

Trust essential in work with Black males

Oct. 17 | Treat every man as a whole person   By Brandi Phillips Contributing Writer Kente Circle, a South Minneapolis mental health counseling center, offered a workshop on Friday, September 26 at Sabathani Community Center featuring Dr. A.J. Franklin from...

Cargo Saturday gives clients the muscle to move

Cargo Saturday gives clients the muscle to move

Oct. 16 | By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer Bernard Jones and Maurice Moore of Cargo Saturday (cargosaturday.com) have put that ancient, honored concept of building a better mousetrap into practice. And they are doing well at it. Jones and Moore took the...

Minneapolis falls short hiring minorities on major construction projects

Minneapolis falls short hiring minorities on major construction projects

Oct. 15 | By Mel Reeves Contributing Writer According to statistics recently received by the MSR, the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department has reported that at least five major construction projects totaling in the millions of dollars are not fulfilling their...

Renaissance man Geoffrey Holder passes

Renaissance man Geoffrey Holder passes

Oct. 15 | Geoffrey Holder did it all. He was an actor, choreographer, director, dancer, painter, costume designer, singer and voice-over artist. He’s best remembered, of course, for his charismatic charm and deep, marvelously rich voice as the 1970s pitchman...

St. Louis Area Police, Protesters, Brace for More Protests

St. Louis Area Police, Protesters, Brace for More Protests

Oct. 13 | Yamiche Alcindor, USA TODAY ST. LOUIS (USA Today) — Police and protesters spent Sunday gearing up for the culmination of a weekend of demonstrations in Ferguson and across St. Louis. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File Protest organizers planned to stage...

What do HBCUs know that MN schools don’t?

What do HBCUs know that MN schools don’t?

Oct. 11 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Can Minnesota, which has one of the worst academic achievement disparities among Blacks, learn from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)? These schools have success with underprepared students...

Racial Equity Movement gains some momentum

Racial Equity Movement gains some momentum

Oct. 10 | Just defining the terms presents a challenge   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Racial equity in recent weeks has been the top discussion focus of two “convenings” in the Twin Cities. One of their leaders says that in order for an effective...