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Feb 01st


Caldwell mural welcomes visitors to North Minneapolis

Caldwell mural welcomes visitors to North MinneapolisSince before its completion, "Can You Hear Me Now," the large mural at the corner of West Broadway and Interstate 94, has served to greet residents and visitors of North Minneapolis. Now, local artist and lifelong Northside resident Charles Caldwell will make it official with the addition of a 40-foot wide painted satin ribbon with the words "Welcome to North Minneapolis" skillfully integrated into the top of the mural.

Egypt action not a military coup

Egypt action not a military coupLike many Americans of Egyptian descent, I watched events surrounding the removal of now-former President Mohammed Morsi with a great deal of perplexity. This stemmed not from uncertainty over the path forward for Egypt, the United States and the region, but from the inability of the American media, especially cable news outlets, to adequately explain the events as a process akin to impeachment.

Building Legacy Oral History Project

Building Legacy Oral History ProjectThe Minnesota African American Museum (MAAM) announced the Building Legacy Oral History Project collaboration with Public Allies, a partner with Pillsbury United Communities.

Brief history of the Rondo Days celebration

Brief history of the Rondo Days celebrationAs a people, we have learned to turn lemon into lemonade. Every day, we experience events that would break the spirit of ordinary people, but as a resilient people, we have managed to find the silver lining. Time and time again we have found positive responses to adversity. The annual Rondo Days celebration is a testament of our resilience. Here is a little history of the Rondo Days celebration.

Community celebrates life of Bishop William A. Watson, III

Community celebrates life of Bishop William A. Watson, IIIThe Twin Cities lost a prominent member of its religious community on June 27 when Bishop William A. Watson, III of Revelation Christian Center International passed away unexpectedly. He was 53.

Trade Africa: Obama launches new partnerships

Trade Africa: Obama launches new partnershipsTHE WHITE HOUSE – President Obama announced the launch of Trade Africa, a new partnership between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa that seeks to increase internal and regional trade within Africa, and expand trade and economic ties between Africa, the United States, and other global markets.

Voting rights advocates face uphill battle

Voting rights advocates face uphill battleWASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the aftermath of the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, striking down section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, civil rights organizations and voting rights advocates are preparing to battle against an expected the avalanche of new voting laws that threaten to wipe out the incredible gains ushered in the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Sex offender overload

Sex offender overloadConcerned residents of neighborhoods in north Minneapolis are calling on state, county and city officials to address the concentration of registered sex offenders in the community. 

Insight News wins NNPA Best Layout and Design

Insight News wins NNPA Best Layout and Design NASHVILLE, TENN –- Insight News took first place for the newspaper Layout and Design category in National Newspaper Publisher's Association Merit Awards last week.

A movement for a new era of transformation

Last week at our annual gala the Minneapolis Urban League celebrated 87 years as an organization in the movement for civil rights, social justice, and economic empowerment for African Americans. With the changing times, changing demographics, and changing priorities, I am often challenged to defend the need for an organization like the Urban League. There is currently a wealth gap, an education gap, a jobs gap, an opportunity gap – each a mile long that is pervasive in the African American community and I am a bothered that the fire that started the civil rights movement years ago seems to have dimmed.

Pocan & Ellison: Supreme Court Voting Rights Act decision demonstrates need for National Right to Vote Amendment

WASHINGTON—U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), authors of the Right to Vote Amendment that would provide an affirmative constitutional right to vote for all Americans, issued the following statement after the Supreme Court rejected Section 4 of the landmark Voting Right Act, which contains a formula to determine specified jurisdictions that need federal government approval before making voting changes that could be racially discriminatory. In its ruling on Shelby County v. Holder, the Court determined that the current formula was outdated. Congress is now required to pass a new formula that reflects current conditions.
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