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Racial wealth gap increased Housing market collapse placed Blacks in economic disadvantage

Racial wealth gap increased Housing market collapse placed Blacks in economic disadvantageNEW YORK — America's racial wealth gap increased dramatically following the recent housing market collapse, placing Black homeowners at severe economic disadvantage, perhaps for generations to come. That's the conclusion from new research released today by the American Civil Liberties Union.
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President strong in NAACP speech

President strong in NAACP speechEven before his keynote address in front of a cheering crowd at the annual NAACP convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, President Barack Obama was busy practicing what he had already prepared to preach.
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Minnesota Orchestra appoints Roderick Cox as assistant conductor

Minnesota Orchestra appoints Roderick Cox as assistant conductorThere's a new face at the Minnesota Orchestra and he stands out for quite a few reasons.

Roderick Cox is the new assistant conductor of the orchestra – a role he took over in June. At just 27 years old, Cox is one of the youngest assistant conductors in the world of a major orchestra. Cox is also one of the few African-American assistant conductors of a major symphony orchestra. The Minnesota Orchestra is considered a Top 10 tier orchestra.
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Justice advocates call for end to police review agency

Justice advocates call for end to police review agencyCommunities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) last week called for the dismantling of Minneapolis Civil Rights Department's Office of Police Conduct Review(OPCR). Michelle Gross, a founder and co-chair of CUAPB, said data obtained from the city of Minneapolis under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act shows the city engages in a pattern and practice of ignoring citizens' complaints of police misconduct and a lack of action to address citizen complaints.
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Cunningham, Bartley to head African American Leadership Forum

Cunningham, Bartley to head African American Leadership ForumThe Minneapolis African American Leadership Forum (AALF) (www.aalf.us) announced its formation as a non-profit organization and the election of new leadership for its board of directors.
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Denise Rolark Barnes elected Chair of NNPA

Denise Rolark Barnes elected Chair of NNPADETROIT (NNPA) – Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher of the Washington Informant, has been elected chair of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a federation of more than 200 African American newspapers.
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MINNEAPOLIS' MESSAGE: Committed to equity and success for children

MINNEAPOLIS' MESSAGE: Committed to equity and success for childrenFollowing meetings with 200 community members in March, internet feedback for the committee findings, and five parent focus groups to gather input on the draft plan, Minneapolis last month published a report which establishes a plan to eliminate disparities for children in Minneapolis from birth to three years old.
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Embracing the global significance of the Haitian Revolution

Embracing the global significance of the Haitian RevolutionSoundbites, blogs and horrific snapshots that flash across the television screen as CNN newscasters detail how Haitians are been mistreated in the Dominican Republic should have us all pondering this inequality, but moreover the injustices that collectively people of color face globally.
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Until proven guilty

Until proven guiltyOur legal system says that we are entitled to being judged innocent, until proven guilty. The presumption of innocence is something we all want, and most have come to expect. But in the streets of our city there is a growing disconnect between the expectations of law enforcement and the communities which they serve.
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JUNETEENTH + UJAMAA = Cooperative Economics

JUNETEENTH + UJAMAA = Cooperative EconomicsWhat happened?

Wasn't Friday, June 19, Juneteenth – the 150th Anniversary of the end of American slavery?
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Afrodescendientes: Blending art and design with architecture

Afrodescendientes: Blending art and design with architectureJames Garrett, Jr. is a visual artist, published writer, and award winning architect with offices located in downtown St. Paul.
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