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On Whitney Young: our Minnesota national treasure

On Whitney Young: our Minnesota national treasure

May. 8 |     We must deal with ourselves, but you must deal with us, too.”  — Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Pulitzer Prize winner   Seeing The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s fight for civil rights, a documentary film by Bonnie Boswell,...

On soul food

On soul food

Apr. 17 |       Filmmaker Byron P. Hurt (born 12/31/69) presented his documentary Soul Food Junkies at Macalester College in St. Paul during Black History Month 2013. The film was also shown at the Merriam Park Branch of the St. Paul Public Library...

America in the Age of Obama

America in the Age of Obama

Jan. 30 | In a recent workshop held on the campus of Macalester College in St. Paul on the state and condition of America in the age of Obama, it was agreed that our president and the symbol that the presidency represents is its highest compliment, the ultimate...

Gypsies, Jews, Hmong and Blacks — diasporas of the unwanted

Gypsies, Jews, Hmong and Blacks — diasporas of the unwanted

Jan. 9 |   When I was a little girl, people would ask, “What nationality are you?” That is to say, to what tribe do I belong? What is my country of origin? Belonging is tribe, blood and culture, not necessarily territory and certainly not based on...

HealthPartners’ new diversity leader

HealthPartners’ new diversity leader

Nov. 21 |   Tonya Jackman Hampton faces racism, promotes inclusiveness   By Elizabeth Ellis Contributing Writer     This past September, HealthPartners appointed Tonya Jackman Hampton the organization’s new senior director of diversity,...

Mistreatment does not excuse irresponsibility

Mistreatment does not excuse irresponsibility

Nov. 7 | My Black former husband claimed that his rage was the effect of the hostile conditions of his environment and was, therefore, qualified; bona fide. He said, “Blacks are born victims!” In trying to comprehend his world, I read and I pondered: Will...

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie  discusses the voter ID amendment

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie discusses the voter ID amendment

Oct. 24 |     By Elizabeth Ellis Contributing Writer   On October 19, from 7:30-9 am at Turtle Bread, 4762 Chicago Ave. South, Minneapolis, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, by invitation of City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, discussed the...

On crime, racism, and distrust of police

On crime, racism, and distrust of police

Aug. 29 |   “When you shoot somebody, that’s not the only person that you’re killing.”   — Nona Gaye, Marvin Gaye’s daughter, testifying after his death   I attended a neighborhood meeting on racism. Afterward I mentioned the comments...

A fistic dictum: Letting your guard down creates regretful ‘after’ moments

A fistic dictum: Letting your guard down creates regretful ‘after’ moments

Jun. 27 |             There are definite before/after moments in life. Before that flat tire you should’ve checked your air pressure; after, you wish were on your way without this setback. Before the car died you could’ve...

Defense Dept. attorney on service, military reforms, counter-terrorism

Defense Dept. attorney on service, military reforms, counter-terrorism

Jun. 4 |       By Elizabeth Ellis Contributing Writer   Attorney Jeh Johnson has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense lawyer, and in a speech he gave in St. Paul, he gave a comical anecdote of how his first trial as a defense attorney...