Victor Propes A pioneering spirit

vpropesbuffalovpropescouncilVictor Propes envisioned strategies and structures that could support the advancement of people of African descent in Minnesota. His legacy includes ongoing efforts that seek to quicken consciousness and processes than can deliver equity and engagement to Minnesota’s Black community.

Propes passed away peacefully in his home in Des Moines, IA, August 14, 2015.

A Tribute to Victor Propes will be held 5:30pm, Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 at Scratch Bar and Grill, 408 3rd Avenue North, in downtown Minneapolis’ warehouse district.

Victor Propes was a determined civil rights strategist, advocate and organizer. He was an effective executive in Minneapolis city and Minnesota state government. He was an educator and activist proponent of African history and culture.

Propes was Director of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department. Later he served as Executive Director of the state’s Council on Black Minnesotans.

He provided leadership to the community through various organizations including Urban Coalition, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, National Urban League, NAACP, Congressional Black Caucus, and Pilot City ( now NorthPoint Health and Wellness).

tarik-and-victorHe was an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University, Lakewood Community College and Minneapolis Community College.

Propes earned a Bachelor’s degree in Consumer Education from Cal State College in Los Angeles and a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Business Consumer Economics. He also earned a Master of Arts in Continuing Education from the University of St. Thomas.

Born Victor Lee Propes, Dec. 22, 1938, he is survived by daughter and son in law; Pashell and Art Johnson; sons Tarik Yusef Propes and Hakim Malik Propes; former spouse Beverly Propes; grandchildren; Zachary Winston, Jeremy Lee and Jacob Lee Johnson; Najia and Amire Yusef Propes; and Mariah Propes, Elijah and Malik Propes. He is survived by siblings Arthurlene Dixon, Paula Propes andv Lesha Propes, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial Services will be held in Des Moines, IA on Saturday September 5, 2015 at Henderson Highland Park Funeral Home. Details at

Propes served 1962-1965 with Honorable Discharge in the US Army Military Police in Frankfurt, Germany and Saigon, Vietnam. His remains will be placed at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation to the Buffalo Soldier National Museum in Texas.

August 31, 2015
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