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Feb 06th


Black History Month Events

“What’s Up With the Brothers -From Marginalization to Empowerment” -, Feb. 17, Noon to 1pm  

 Dr.  Whitney Stewart-Harris, Executive Director, Diversity and Multiculturalism Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
• Master of Ceremonies: Councilmember Melvin Carter III
@ City Hall/Courthouse - 15 W Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN (Lower Level - Room 40 A & B)

Black History Showcase - Feb 17
Featuring spoken word, dance, and r&b from Boom Box Music Group & Mama Brenda from Chicago, IL, PYC Steppers, Jayla Anderson, The Discovery Crew, Nakia Marie, Brandon Trevon, Chantel Winn, PYC Taiko Drummers, Wise Charter School African Drum and Dance. Feb. 17, 6:30, Adult $10, Student $5. @ Capri Theater 2027 W. Broadway N. Mpls.

Where Stars Are Born and Legends Are Made! - Feb 17
This year the students at Roseville Area High School have dedicated themselves to telling the story of the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem. The students intend to give the audience an opportunity to glance into the heart of America’s black community through the eyes of this world famous cultural institution. The Black History Month Performance will take place on Fri. Feb. 17 at 7pm in the Roseville Area High School Auditorium. It is free and open to the public. 1240 County Rd B2 W. Roseville, MN


History of North Minneapolis kicks off U of M's Critical Conversations, public discussions on urban issues and ideas

- Event includes screening of TPT/U of M documentary ‘Cornerstones’ and community reception -

The history of Minneapolis’s north side is the topic of Critical Conversations, a new series of public discussions with scholars, historians, artists and community leaders on urban issues and ideas debuting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis.


Road to Recovery: Building Economic Security in the African American Community

Purpose: This non-partisan event is an opportunity to participate in dialogue around issues critical to our state's long-term viability. This year's theme, will focus on the widening economic and education gaps impacting the African American community and the opportunities to close those gaps.

Keynote Speaker: Jay Williams.  Mr. Williams, Executive Director for the US Department of Labor's Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers and former mayor of Youngstown, Ohio. 

DATE:  Monday, February 13, 2012
TIME: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
LOCATION: Minnesota State Capitol, Rotunda


Minnesota State Senator Jeff Hayden and State Representative Karen Clark Voice Strong Support for Phillips Community Center Pool Renovation Project

State Senator Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) and State Representative Karen Clark (DFL-Minneapolis) are working with Governor Mark Dayton and bipartisan legislative leadership to include funding in this year’s bonding bill for the Phillips Community Center pool renovation project. The $2.1 million request did not make it into last year’s bill, but Hayden, Clark, and pool advocate Minneapolis Swims ( hope that bipartisan support for the bill will help it to be reconsidered.


Minnesota Veterans prepare for ‘Day on the Hill’

The Minnesota Commanders’ Task Force (CTF), together with the United Veterans Legislative Council (UVLC) and the Minnesota Association of County Veterans Service Officers (MACVSO) will be holding a joint Veterans Day on the Hill event in the Capitol Rotunda to advocate for their 2012 joint legislative agenda Wednesday, Feb. 15. Veterans from around the state will be participating and engaging their legislators.

Veterans Day on the Hill “is a day when we unite as one common voice to speak on behalf of the 381,000 Veterans in the State of Minnesota,” said Raymond Trebus, CTF chair. “As the wars wind down and service members return home, we must remind the Legislature of the issues most important to the Veterans of Minnesota.”


Meeting to listen

Meeting to listen

Northway Community Trust (NWCT) is working to expand economic opportunity for North Minneapolis residents by promoting collaborative efforts across programs, neighborhood boundaries and systems. The goal, its leaders say, is to fundamentally transform the entire North Minneapolis community. 

Through a series of listening sessions, NWCT fosters discussion of issues and concerns that emphasize communities working together in health and education, and youth violence.  The listening sessions explore safe housing, connecting elders and youth, political and advocacy training, affordable housing, the reduction of liquor stores on the Northside, and diversity among construction contractors.  


Reflections: Heroes are neighbors who lend a hand

Reflections: Heroes are neighbors who lend a hand

The Todd Western Charity Foundation presented a check to a family devastated by the May 22, 2011 tornado last December.   Dora Hill and her family were severely impacted by the tornado while living in their Penn Avenue home.  Hill received a check for 1,000.00 to help with continuing to rebuild her life.  The check was presented at the Pillsbury United Communities’ Executive Offices with other North Community Response Team (NCRT) representatives present.

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