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Nov 25th


Black History every da..n day of the year—why not?

Black History every da..n day of the year—why not?The recent 96th Annual Meeting of ASALH (the Association for the Study of African American Life and History) held October 6-10, 2011 in Richmond, VA provided a rich opportunity to reflect on the status and history of Black people in America, and in the world.  It also spoke to my idea of “legacymaking”—something in which I have a strong interest, as its ongoing presence reflects the vision and intellectual legacy of Carter G. Woodson, the man who is known as the “Father of Black History” and who established this important organization over ninety years ago.

News from the Board of Directors

News from the Board of DirectorsDonald Bryant is the newest member of Turning Point’s Board of Directors.  He grew up in Detroit and attended Michigan State University for undergrad and grad school.

He worked in consulting and in the medical device industry for some years before starting his own company, The Alden Group, a consumer products company.

“We’re small, but still growing,” Bryant said of his business.  “We still have ideas, and we’ve learned some things over the years.”

Looking at the new Jim Crow system

“Locked Up, Locked Out” The Neighborhood HUB and TakeAction Minnesota present a forum on the criminal justice system’s affect on the North Minneapolis Community.

The Neighborhood HUB and TakeAction Minnesota will give a presentation and discussion on the criminal justice system based on Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow 6pm on Wednesday, November 16, at Christ English Lutheran Church, 3210 Oliver Ave N in North Minneapolis.

U of M documentary Cornerstones traces history of North Minneapolis through place-based memories

North Minneapolis’ legendary buildings and historic spaces are the backdrops for an exploration of the power of place and community in Cornerstones: Stories of Place on the North Side, premiering statewide at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, on tpt MN, Twin Cities Public Television’s Minnesota Channel.

North Minneapolis neighborhood beat...

Interested in Joining or Leading a Block Club in Hawthorne?
Crime statistics go down drastically in the community when Hawthorne has active, responsible residents looking out for one another. There is training available to learn what to look for when monitoring the neighborhood, tips for staying safe, etc. Please call the Hawthorne Neighborhood Council at 612-529-6033.

The Harrison Neighborhood Association (HNA) Board of Director's meet on a monthly basis to take action on committee work, review finance, and address issues affecting the community.  The meeting is from 7-8pm Monday, November 14 at the HNA office 503 Irving Ave. N.  For more information: Larry Hiscock 612-374-4849 or

Program prepares youth for healthy adulthood

 Program prepares youth for healthy adulthoodWhile childhood obesity rates continue to rise across the nation, more often than not a cold shoulder is being given to this epidemic leaving tomorrow’s generation to grow up with unhealthy eating habits, risk for disease and illness, and unnecessary stigma’s that have the potential to hinder growth and stunt potential. We can place the blame on a several of the proposed culprits like video games, internet, and television, but the inability to change these circumstances comes from lack of knowledge and being unmotivated to do better.  That’s where an institution like Youth Determined to Succeed, comes into play.

ARTSPEAK: DWB-- Diving while Black

ARTSPEAK: DWB-- Diving while BlackMy first memory of moving underwater wasn't real. At 8 years, old I participated in a special science summer program for what we would now call "gifted" children; I wrote a play in which the setting was the sea. The main character was a young girl who finds a seahorse that takes her on a magical journey underwater.
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