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Feb 12th

Remembering our extraordinary journeys

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atum azzahirk7074-10From 1987 to 2002, The St. Paul Companies (now St. Paul Travelers) sponsored a unique leadership program, Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods (LIN).

Over the course of 16 years, more than 180 local activists and artists received a combined $4.5 million in funding to pursue opportunities to augment their skills in a variety of meaningful ways. Now, a decade after the last grant was provided, the program has come to life once more in the form of the book "Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys: How St. Paul Companies Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods Program Changed Lives and Communities," by writer, educator and life-long arts advocate Carolyn Holbrook. The book features profiles of twenty LIN recipients who founded Twin Cities nonprofits agencies.

tsehai wodajog5250-28On Thursday Dec. 12, two of those individuals, acclaimed founder and executive director of the Cultural Wellness Center, Elder Atum Azzahir, and founder and executive director of Resources for African Lives (REAL), Tsehai Wodajo, will join members of communities they have fostered in their works, Pan African elders, parents, children and friends in a discussion.

The discussion will focus on how the LIN grant boosted Azzahir's development and helped Wodajo unlock the voices of her ancestors and make a difference for women and girls in Ethiopia who are dealing with domestic violence.

Azzahir is a teacher of African thought and spirituality. Wodajo is a specialist in culturally competent social services.

The event will be held in the Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, in the MGM Conference room from 4:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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