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On Saturday, March 10, 2012,seventeen, high school seniors experienced a traditional African ceremony that symbolized their transformation from childhood to adulthood. In front of their family, friends and mentors, the seventeen initiates were presented at the 14th Annual Minneapolis Chapter of Jack and Jill’s Rites of Passage (ROP) ceremony, entitled: Building Strength of Mind and Strength of Character.
Richard R. Green Central Park School, 3416 4th Avenue S., celebrated Black History Month with a presentation of poetry, music, food and arts. The Sankofa African American Family Celebration took place 5-7:30pm Tuesday Feb 28. Former FOX 9 news anchor Robyne Robinson hosted the event which included keynote speaker Dr. Josie Johnson and musical performances by the Mile High Club and Gary D. Hines & The Sounds of Blackness.
“This is a blessing to be invited to such an event,” said Reverend Mary Spratt, founder of Greater Mount Nebo Community Missionary Baptist Church.
WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today praised the settlement reached between the federal government, LGBT students, and the Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota, resolving complaints of sex- and sexual orientation- based harassment of students. The resolution is due to incredible work by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education and the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Southern Poverty Law Center that represented six student plaintiffs.
It has been said – and I firmly believe – that education is the greatest civil rights issue of our time. I also believe that education is our greatest opportunity to eradicate the inequities that exist in our communities. The right for every individual in our community to access a high quality public education is a reflection of our values, our foresight and our commitment to our economic future.