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Holocaust survivor builds African legacy

Holocaust survivor builds African legacyChris Mburu, human rights lawyer with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, will speak at William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, on Sunday, April 3, at 1:00 pm.  He will chronicle his journey from a small village in Kenya to Harvard Law School and a career in human rights, funded by an anonymous donor named Hilde Back, a German Jewish survivor of the Holocaust.

The powerful story of Hilde Back’s small acts to support Chris through primary school, high school, and then college is documented in the award-winning documentary A Small Act, which will be screened that same afternoon. An official selection at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, A Small Act explores the real-world power of simple acts of kindness.
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Natasha Trethewey

Natasha TretheweyPulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey talks about her family's experience on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and how it led to her 2010 book Beyond Katrina (University of Georgia Press), which weaves together memoir, poetry, letters, and photographs on Wednesday, April 27, 7:30 pm at the Coffman Union Theater, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Mpls.. Trethewey is the author of the poetry collections Native Guard (Houghton Mifflin), which won the 2007 Pulitzer, Bellocq's Ophelia (Graywolf), and Domestic Work (Graywolf), which won the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book by an African American author. She is Professor of English, holding the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry, at Emory University. https://events.umn.edu/012173

ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition searching for deserving families

ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition searching for deserving familiesDo you know a family whose home deserves an Extreme Makeover, or a family who simply deserves a home?  If so, the producers of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition want to hear from you.  
 
Ty Pennington and his crew have been all across the map and now they want to drive that famous bus to the St.Paul, Minneapolis MN area.
 
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Catherine Kennedy: "The Baggage We Carry"

Catherine Kennedy: On exhibit now thru April 23, 2011
Obsidian Arts 

3501 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis

Gallery Hours: M-F - 10a to 6p - Sat-Sun - 10a - 2p

Artist Catherine Kennedy has been artistically documenting the social and emotional unpacking of memories by a group of elder women refugees from war torn Liberia. Kennedy's work has culminated in a series of dynamic tension filled works that comprise Obsidian Arts' newest exhibition offering: “The Baggage We Carry.” 
 
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Calliope Women’s Chorus performs free concert March 19

Calliope Women’s Chorus performs free concert March 19Calliope Women’s Chorus will perform a free concert at Metropolitan State University on Saturday, March 19 from 7–9 p.m. in the Founders Hall Auditorium. The concert, “In Sisterhood We Trust,” recognizes Women’s History Month and features music from the suffrage movement and other songs of women’s freedom.

Cecilia Stanton, dean of students, is the guest artist. Also participating are the Freedom Band jazz combo and members of DrumHeart. Free will donations will be accepted. There will also be refreshments sold.

This event is sponsored by the university’s Diversity Learning Task Force, gender and sexuality student services and the Women’s Commission.

Hispanic and women farmers claim discrimination

WASHINGTON – As part of continued efforts to close the chapter on allegations that discrimination occurred at USDA in past decades, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Assistant Attorney General Tony West last week announced the establishment of a process to resolve the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who assert that they were discriminated against when seeking USDA farm loans.
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Brooklyn Park mourns loss of Steve Lampi

Brooklyn Park mourns loss of Steve LampiSteve Lampi brought a strong resolve and quiet determination to his two-plus terms as Mayor of Brooklyn Park. It was with those same qualities that he fought his own personal battle against cancer in recent weeks, telling his family and residents “his passion for life will carry him through.”

Surrounded by his family, Mayor Lampi succumbed to the disease Saturday, less than four weeks after first learning of his surprise diagnosis.

“Steve was a strong leader for our community,” said Mike Trepanier, Central District Council Member and now the acting mayor. “He presided with dignity always and treated everyone with fairness and respect. Beyond his role as mayor, he was a good friend. I will miss him dearly.”
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