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Africans share in grief over passing of Dr. Maya Angelou

Africans share in grief over passing of Dr. Maya AngelouMay 28 (GIN) – Legendary poetess Maya Angelou was renowned in Africa much as she was beloved in the country of her birth.
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For Asian immigrants, mental health an 'invisible problem'

For Asian immigrants, mental health an 'invisible problem'NEW YORK — In a small reception area of the Henry Street Settlement's Community Consultation Center in Manhattan's Lower East Side, a couple of young Asian women sit far apart from each other on maroon chairs lined up against the wall.
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End of session accomplishments

End of session accomplishmentsOn Wednesday, May 21, 2014 the Legislature adjourned Sine Die with many accomplishments, and because we must compromise, there are a few things I am not 100% pleased with. We came into the legislative session with the first budget surplus in decades. The $1.2 billion surplus allowed legislators to look at various ways to invest in needed programs while making sure our budget remained on stable footing.
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Arrival of first enslaved Africans in the English Colony of Virginia commemorated in Hampton, Virginia August 15, 16, and 20

Arrival of first enslaved Africans in the English Colony of Virginia commemorated in Hampton, Virginia August 15, 16, and 20--Events to take place at The American Theatre and Fort Monroe--

Hampton, VA- August 15th, 16th, and 20th, honor the First Africans who arrived in America on English occupied territory at Point Comfort (Fort Monroe) at the Fourth annual African Landing Day Commemoration, a program being presented by the City of Hampton, Project 1619 Inc., National Juneteenth Observance Foundation, and the Hampton 1619 Commission.
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Brooklyn Park DFL endorses Reva Chamblis for city council

Brooklyn Park DFL endorses Reva Chamblis for city councilThe Brooklyn Park DFL Unit held its first Endorsing Convention on May 17 and endorsed Reva Chamblis in her bid for the suburb's city council.
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Target Field Station: From transit line to transit system

Target Field Station: From transit line to transit systemTarget Field Station opened last week creating a central, multi-modal transportation hub and community gathering space in downtown Minneapolis.

According to Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, widely viewed as a regional transportation visionary, Target Field Station embodies the principles of open transit by integrating all modes of transit within a strategy of economic development which focuses on architecture that creates iconic indoor and outdoor spaces, appeals to passengers, residents, office workers and visitors alike, as well as integrating culture with transit.
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DFL endorsed for Brooklyn Park Mayor: Joy Marsh Stevens poised to make history

DFL endorsed for Brooklyn Park Mayor: Joy Marsh Stevens poised to make historyBrooklyn Park is the second most diverse city in Minnesota but one would not know it by looking at its elected officials.

In the history of the city, which was incorporated in 1969, Brooklyn Park has never had a non-white council member or mayor. Joy Marsh Stevens is looking to change all of that as she seeks to become the city's next Mayor. And with the endorsements rolling in, March Stevens, who is African-American, is primed to make history.
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Climate change: Disproportionate impact on people of color

Climate change: Disproportionate impact on people of colorMinneapolis, MN—On May 15, Green For All and The Sierra Club hosted a public forum at Kwanzaa Community Church, located at 3700 Bryant Avenue North, to discuss the realities of climate change and its disproportionate effect on people of color. The event included a panel discussion moderated by United States Representative Keith Ellison (Democrat-District 5), spoken word, and a passionate performance by the Minneapolis High School for the Recording Arts' Green Team, a youth hip-hop group dedicated to environmental justice.
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Brown v. Board at 60

Brown v. Board at 60May 13, 2014 - This Saturday will mark the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which found "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal," and put a large crack in the foundation of legally sanctioned racial segregation. 60 years later, we still have work to do before the dreams of the civil rights era are realized.

The major question decided in the Brown v. Board decision, of course, was whether black students could be legally prohibited from attending certain schools. By finding such a system unconstitutional, the decision was one of the first major steps in dismantling a larger system of mandated segregation. Since that decision, we have largely finished the job of taking apart the legal structure that required racial segregation.
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Hayden offers resolution condemning Boko Haram abductions of Nigerian girls

Hayden offers resolution condemning Boko Haram abductions of Nigerian girlsSenator Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) is offering a resolution in the Minnesota Senate condemning the abduction of more than 250 girls from a Nigeria boarding school by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
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Governor Dayton signs Champion/Melin Second Chance Expungement Bill

Governor Dayton signs Champion/Melin Second Chance Expungement BillGovernor Mark Dayton signed a bill that will give a second chance to thousands of Minnesotans who are taking honest steps to support themselves and their families. The new law (Chapter 246, HF2576) creates a more thorough expungement mechanism that allows judges to permanently seal the criminal records of reformed offenders – making it easier for these Minnesotans to secure good jobs, access quality housing, and provide for their families.
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