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Jul 27th


The origin and purpose of Black History Month

The origin and purpose of Black History MonthSo often we find ourselves involved in activities without fully understanding why, as occasionally is the case during our annual observance of Black History Month.

This celebration is our most meaningful opportunity to promote cultural awareness, provide direction for our young and take pride in our collective historical accomplishments.


PROFILE IN EXCELLENCE: Chanda Smith BakerYears ago, across the street from Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis, community leaders sat around a dining room table debating issues of the day in the modest duplex of Gertrude Green. Her son the late Dr. Richard R. Green, the first Black superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools and first Black New York City Schools Chancellor, was in the midst holding court in this vigorous conversation. That was one of many opportunities where Chanda Smith Baker, granddaughter of Gertrude and niece of Richard, bore witness to leadership.

Ndaba Mandela visits Niagara University: Reflects on grandfather's legacy

Ndaba Mandela visits Niagara University: Reflects on grandfather's legacyNdaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela , spoke of the laughs, laments and lessons learned from living with an iconic grandfather who went from prisoner to president and built a nation in a moving address before a standing-room-only crowd at Niagara University this week.

Chavis: Civil Rights Movement needed now more than ever

Chavis: Civil Rights Movement needed now more than everPEMBROKE – Civil rights leader Benjamin Chavis kicked off a week-long Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Pembroke on Friday by saying a civil rights movement is of greater need in the state now than it was nearly five decades ago.

Black lives still matters to grassroots and Black media

Black lives still matters to grassroots and Black mediaWASHINGTON (NNPA) – The last several months have seen an outpouring of activism, with slogans coming in waves: "Justice for Mike Brown," "Hands Up, Don't Shoot," and "I Can't Breathe." But the phrase "Black Lives Matter" has emerged to bind each flashpoint into one cause.

Structure, stability and strength can eliminate disparities

Structure, stability and strength can eliminate disparitiesWashington, D.C. — While research overwhelmingly shows that a strong family unit means improved stability for children and adults, the public debate around family units has largely tended to pit the advantages of families headed by married couples against the disadvantages of single-parent homes. In order to move this debate past such simple binary terms, the Center for American Progress today released a report that introduces a new framework for discussing family policy, broadening the debate beyond just family structure to include family stability and strength—a new framework that CAP refers to as the three S's. CAP's report offers both new and tested social and economic policy solutions to combat the instability that can affect low-income and middle-class American families. Considering these three factors together yields a richer and more balanced understanding of how family factors influence well-being and economic security than would focusing exclusively on any single one, CAP's report explains.

African business owners key to state's future

African business owners key to state's futureMINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Somali Chamber of Commerce held its first annual celebration dinner Saturday, January 10 at the Safari Restaurant in Minneapolis.

Bill Blazer, interim president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and other distinguished guests attended the Somali chamber's gala dinner to celebrate and mark its achievements.

Celebrating the legacy of a community hero

Celebrating the legacy of a community heroVangeline (Vangie) Ortega
July 1, 1961 – January 6, 2015

Vangeline (Vangie) Ortega, community leader, advocate and activist, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her home Monday January 6th after a 20+ year-long battle with Lupus. She was 54.

MLK Holiday: Joy and sorrow

MLK Holiday: Joy and sorrowSaid King would cry tears of joy; tears of sorrow if alive today

With the backdrop of a polarized nation that is reminiscent of 1965, civil rights icon Vernon Jordan said while progress is measurable, in many ways things have regressed to that critical moment in time 50 years ago.

Dr. King would be proud

Dr. King would be proudThe 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King breakfast was held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The theme: "Infinite Hope Meaningful Action – Now is the time" resonated throughout the sold out breakfast. More than 2000 people filled the seats and standing room only corners of the massive Convention Hall room.

Remarkable progress five years after Haiti earthquake

Remarkable progress five years after Haiti earthquakeFive years after the devastating earthquake in 2010 left millions in need of urgent medical care, Haiti has made significant progress toward rebuilding the national public health system. Working with the Haitian government, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners have made progress toward the reconstruction of the public health sector to establish disease surveillance systems, enhance laboratory capacity, and develop human capacity in clinical services, epidemiology, and public health leadership.
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