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Ordway highlights African culture through "Taking Our Place Centerstage: The African Diaspora in Harmony"

Ordway highlights African culture through The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, together with members of the African and African-American communities, is presenting a set of distinctive performances in February to celebrate the arts of the African Diaspora.
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Lincoln Berry: Legendary jazz musician dies

Lincoln Berry: Legendary jazz musician diesA memorial service for Minnesota's legendary Jazz organist, Lincoln Berry, was held on Jan. 25, in Saint Paul.

Berry passed on Jan. 20, at the University of Minnesota Hospital after a short fight with cancer. Berry was 74.
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Legislators connect with coffee and conversation

Legislators connect with coffee and conversationLocal legislators Sen. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-59), Rep. Raymond Dehn (DFL-59B) and Rep. Joe Mullery (DFL-59A) are holding a series of coffee and conversation breakfast tours with a number of local city council members and commissioners.
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Moving the race conversation forward: Race Forward Research presents solutions for real race talk

Moving the race conversation forward: Race Forward Research presents solutions for real race talkNEW YORK -- A new report released Jan. 22, 2014 by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation aims to reshape and reform the way we talk about race and racism in our country. "Moving the Race Conversation Forward" includes a content analysis of mainstream media, an overview of harmful racial discourse practices, recommendations, five powerful case studies and profiles of five successful campaigns, and an accompanying video.
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Franken says have-have not gap widening

Franken says have-have not gap wideningNearing the end of his first term in office, US Sen. Al Franken said the road to progress is long and the gap between the haves and have nots is widening.

Franken made the comments during a one-on-one sit down with Insight News following the annual Minneapolis MLK Holiday Breakfast, honoring the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. According to the junior senator from Minnesota, though progress has been made, King's dream is far from being realized.
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Economic equality...Right here, right now

Economic equality...Right here, right nowOver 50 years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. there has been much that has obviously changed about our country. From technology, social attitudes, the growing diversity; our nation has become a multicultural oasis. Sadly, amidst this rapid growth and change, inequalities for communities of color still exist. Dr. King's legacy is often simplified to his focus on racial justice but King was a fighter of economic injustice and wrote that "the inseparable twin of racial injustice is economic injustice."
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Obamacare: A midterm report card

Obamacare: A midterm report cardThe first half of the Obamacare open enrollment period is over, and yesterday, federal health officials announced sign-up figures from the first three months.

After a disastrous start, HealthCare.gov(which handles enrollment for 36 states) began functioning properly. It, along with state-run insurance exchanges, netted more than 2.1 million signups between Oct. 1 and Dec. 28.
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JE Dunn, state capitol contractor, exceeds workforce goals

JE Dunn, state capitol contractor, exceeds workforce goalsState Capitol Contractor exceeding State workforce goals through community partnerships Contractor JE Dunn employs 34% minorities, 21% females on State Capitol interior project

ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota State Capitol interior restoration and preservation project is exceeding diversity workforce goals with 34.89 percent minority workforce hours and 21 percent female workforce hours earning the project a premium rating of 1 from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.
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Brazile: Dr. King was a man of love and great faith

Brazile: Dr. King was a man of love and great faithHeralded as one of the largest remembrances of the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast drew more than 2,000 to the Minneapolis Convention Center for a morning of celebration and reflection.
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Woman to lead embattled Central African Republic as new president

Woman to lead embattled Central African Republic as new presidentJan. 21 (GIN) – To the sound of cheers from the National Assembly building, the Transitional National Council of the Central African Republic on Monday tapped Catherine Samba-Panza, mayor of the capital city of Bangui, to be the country’s interim President and first woman to hold the post.
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Beyond conversations: What are next steps to bridge the disparity gaps?

Beyond conversations: What are next steps to bridge the disparity gaps?When I look back at the stories I've worked on this year, there's one theme that appears over and over. From black baby dolls being hung from a noose at a high school, to protests over Miss Saigon, to a professor being reprimanded after teaching about institutional racism, race and racism keep coming up.

Maybe, just maybe, we as a society are ready to start having meaningful dialogue about privilege and racism in a way that will actually bring about changes — from our educational system to transportation to housing and the criminal justice system. Although simply talking about it will not necessarily bring about the needed changes, at least it's a start.
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