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Mar 27th

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A blueprint for success in 2015

A blueprint for success in 2015In 2014, Minnesota's unemployment rate sank to its lowest level in more than a decade at 3.7 percent, state exports reached a record $5.5 billion this past quarter, and our manufacturing industries continued to surge. Nationally, the economy added 321,000 jobs in November - the largest monthly gain in nearly three years - and gas prices continued to drop with the U.S. overtaking Saudi Arabia as the number one oil producer in the world.
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Common and John Legend are glorious in 'Selma'

Common and John Legend are glorious in 'Selma'One day, when the glory comes
It will be ours, it will be ours
Oh, one day, when the war is won
We will be sure, we will be here sure
Oh, glory, glory
Oh, glory, glory
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Free Associate's Degree: A solution, but not the solution

Free Associate's Degree: A solution, but not the solutionWe should all congratulate President Barack Obama for pulling the education debate into the 21st century, or perhaps dragging it into the late 20th century, by proposing access to free education through at least an associate's degree. But this merely restates the obvious.
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The 'Real' Dream Speech

The 'Real' Dream SpeechI have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!

A suggestion for these days of special attention to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Whenever people cite this sentence from his iconic "I Have A Dream" speech, ask them if they know the rest of the speech.
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The education of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The education of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.As he labored for social, civil and economic justice, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was extremely concerned both about the educational inequities that were a function of segregation, and about the purpose and quality of education. As early as 1947, as a Morehouse College student, he wrote an article, The Purpose of Education, for the Maroon Tiger, the college newspaper. His article is as relevant today as it was then.
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Reflections on MLK, race & colorism

Reflections on MLK, race & colorismAs the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.'s 86th birthday, we are immersed in an intensive, often divisive, conversation about race in America. Sixty years after King marched through the streets, like he did in Selma and cities throughout the South, we find ourselves still on the streets battling many of these same issues. The 2014 "battle" has focused on how police treat us in our communities, which have pitted "white police" against black citizens. My concern is that we are too narrowly focused. We need to make sure we battle this issue of race on all fronts. Today, we face prejudice from those outside the black community and from within it as well. Let's face it: Skin color is still an issue in our community. The bullying that takes place between dark skinned and light skinned people is alive and well – and quite honestly Martin Luther King would be hurt to know that we're not living up to his call for us to judge each other by the content of our character, not the color of our skin.
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Prayers for our children for the New Year

Prayers for our children for the New YearIn a world rife with war, religious, racial, gender, sectarian, and political strife, when so many children lack safety, enough food, shelter, health care, and education and suffer unthinkable losses of parents to disease, violence, and war, I hope this New Year will bring adults closer to our common sense and moral responsibility for children's well being.
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