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Sounds of Blackness ‘The Night Before Christmas’ delights

Sounds of Blackness ‘The Night Before Christmas’ delightsEncore show added for Dec. 21 at Sabathani

For nearly 43 years the three-time Grammy award-winning musical ensemble, Sounds of Blackness, has been a fixture of the “Minneapolis Sound.”
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A tribute to Madiba: The epitome of grace

A tribute to Madiba: The epitome of graceIf I had my time over I would do the same again, so would any man who dares call himself a man. – Nelson Mandela

There are a lot of words that we can associate with the life, work and struggle of Nelson Mandela. Some of them come to mind immediately: Courage, endurance, faith. Love, forgiveness, redemption: the core of the Christian creed. Still more: patience, reason, confidence, empathy, truth, humility and grace. All of these words would be considered as virtues by most thoughtful people.
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Nelson Mandela timeline

Nelson Mandela timeline1918- July 18: Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela is born a member of the Madiba clan." He is later given his English name, Nelson, by a teacher at his school

1937- Moves to Healdtown attending the Wesleyan college in Fort Beaufort
Fort Hare University: Studied for a B.A. and met his lifelong friend Oliver Tambo
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The U.S. Revolution that supported Mandela

The U.S. Revolution that supported MandelaWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Nearly three decades ago, a handful of prominent Black activists began organizing a movement that would eventually help break the back of apartheid in South Africa and force the U.S. government and American companies to end their support of White minority rule on the continent.
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Biracial instructor accused of being racist for discussing race at MCTC; Union president accuses school of institutional racism

Biracial instructor accused of being racist for discussing race at MCTC; Union president accuses school of institutional racismShannon Gibney is both Caucasian and African-American.

But to a couple of white students at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), Gibney, a professor of English and African diaspora studies, is apparently not white enough – or maybe too Black.
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The Discomfort Zone: Want to teach your students about structural racism? Prepare for a formal reprimand.

The Discomfort Zone: Want to teach your students about structural racism? Prepare for a formal reprimand.*This article originally appeared on slate.com

Shannon Gibney is a professor of English and African diaspora studies at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC). When that’s your job, there are a lot of opportunities to talk about racism, imperialism, capitalism, and history. There are also a lot of opportunities to anger students who would rather not learn about racism, imperialism, capitalism, and history. I presume MCTC knows that; they have an African diaspora studies program. Back in January 2009, white students made charges of discrimination after Gibney suggested to them that fashioning a noose in the newsroom of the campus newspaper—as an editor had done the previous fall—might alienate students of color. More recently, when Gibney led a discussion on structural racism in her mass communication class, three white students filed a discrimination complaint because it made them feel uncomfortable. This time, MCTC reprimanded Gibney under their anti-discrimination policy.
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Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar

Minnesota African American Heritage CalendarFor the eighth year, the Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar Award Committee, a part of PROCEED Foundation and Progressive Baptist Church has produced the Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar to showcase the accomplishments of African-Americans with roots in Minnesota. The group is recognizing twelve individuals for sharing their creative talents and gifts and who continue to enrich and shape our culture and the overall societal culture. The individuals represent various components of the arts.
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New report calls for full employment

New report calls for full employmentWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Fifty years ago, civil rights leaders dove head-first into the on-going debate over American economic policy by placing the fight for equal employment opportunities at the forefront of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
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Climate change and the US Civil Rights Agenda: Connecting local with global at the UN Climate Talks in Warsaw

Climate change and the US Civil Rights Agenda: Connecting local with global at the UN Climate Talks in WarsawLast month I left my home in balmy Gulfport, Miss., crossed the Atlantic Ocean, and spent two weeks in chilly Warsaw, Poland at the 19th Session of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. I was willing to trade in my sandals for snow boots in order to address the impacts of climate change.
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Ramsey County approves prevailing wage ordinance

Ramsey County approves prevailing wage ordinanceThe Ramsey County Board of Commissioners approved an update of its longstanding prevailing wage ordinance Tuesday that ties the wage more directly to the state prevailing wage. Since 1977, Ramsey County has maintained a prevailing wage policy that is required to be included in all solicitations for bids on contracts for the purchase of labor and materials.
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Artspeak: Black Feminist Anthropology—Building an intellectual legacy one book at a time

Artspeak: Black Feminist Anthropology—Building an intellectual legacy one book at a timeCrafting a legacy is a very delicate adventure and can be quite deliberate or unintentional. In her book, A Journey that Matters: Your Personal Living Legacy, Erline Belton reminds us of the importance of establishing a “living legacy.” According to her, “…our living legacy encompasses all of who we are; our personality, our passion, our pain, our joy, our sadness, our progress, our mistakes, our love, our hate our hopes, our dreams and much more” (http://www.lyceumgroupbooks.com/page1.php). The dictionary defines legacy as an inheritance, the passing down of a gift, the bequeathing of something passed through generations. African Americans are a people who have struggled to establish legacies, to pass forward cultural gifts constrained by a past history of enslavement.
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