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Brown v. Board of Education forum to be held at the Capri

The names are Sarah Bulah, Spottswood Boiling, Oliver Brown, Harry Briggs, Barbara Rose Johns and Linda Brown.

From 1949 to 1951 these names represented countless African-American families, parents, and students at the heart of five separate school desegregation cases in Delaware, South Carolina, Virginia, Kansas and the District of Columbia. They were the voices of an outcry for justice within the African-American community. In 1952 these cases, initiated with the help of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, headed by Thurgood Marshall, were consolidated by the U.S. Supreme Court under the name Brown v. Board of Education. On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional, overturning the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson case, establishing the doctrine “separate but equal.” As we revisit the historic ruling of Brown v. Board of Education during the 58th year anniversary, many are evaluating how we have progressed since 1954.

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Brooklyn Park woman selected outstanding undergraduate nursing student

Brooklyn Park woman selected outstanding undergraduate nursing student

Sarah Nyamari has a knack for receiving stellar student honors. 

In 2009, she was selected outstanding student at Hennepin Technical College (HTC), where she was also chosen the school’s student commencement speaker.  And now the Brooklyn Park woman has been selected as an outstanding student at Metropolitan State University.

 

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College fair introduces youth to HBCUs

College fair introduces youth to HBCUs

St. Peters African Methodist Episcopal Church in partnership with AchieveMpls held the third annual Historically Black College and University (HBCU) College Fair.

Arnise Roberson, director of AchieveMpls Career and College Initiative, and member of St. Peters African Methodist Episcopal Church organized the college fair. The event was attended by more than 600 prospective students and parents.

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Journalism camp teaches importance of free speech

Journalism camp teaches importance of free speech

For the past 10 years, high school students from across the Twin Cities have been coming to the University of St. Thomas to attend ThreeSixty Journalism’s summer camps.

The experience is a kind of laboratory experiment for the students who participate. It mixes the teenage youthful spirit with a dose of gender, age, ethnic and income diversity and a chance to work together as journalists with professionals in the field.

Image: Yusra Mohamud from Minnetonka High School participated in the Intermediate Camp in 2011.

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Sanchez Beltran awarded “Beat the Odds” scholarship

Sanchez Beltran awarded “Beat the Odds” scholarship

Roosevelt High School senior Eduardo Sanchez Beltran on March 16 was awarded a $4,000 “Beat the Odds” scholarship from the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) – Minnesota.

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Target to renovate three school libraries

On Monday, Apr. 23, 2012, Target announced that it plans to impact 150 elementary schools through its 2012 Target School Library Makeover program.

Target will renovate libraries at 32 elementary schools in partnership with The Heart of America and will revisit each of the 118 schools that previously received a Target School Library Makeover to provide additional reading resources for students and teachers.

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Contract a cornerstone of reform efforts

On Tuesday, April 17, the Minneapolis Board of Education approved a new two-year labor contract with the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) that supports and advances student achievement. The teachers’ union and MPS reached agreement on key issues such as providing students with more time to learn, allowing teachers more time to effectively prepare for classes each day and establishing a more collaborative and focused professional development plan.

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