Lucy Laney Elementary: Looking back and moving forward
Friday, 12 July 2013 16:45
It’s noon at Lucy Laney Elementary.
The hallways are filled with little faces, folded arms, and stomping feet. A flat screen television that serves as the school’s bulletin board hangs high in the main hallway. A vivid mural depicting the north Minneapolis tornado gives the tragedy shape and color from the students’ perspective. The aesthetics of the school are wonderful and appealing to the eye, but make no mistake; the children walking these halls come from neighborhoods that have a history littered with high unemployment rates, unstable housing stock, rapidly escalating crime centered around an epidemic of youth violence and just about every other indicator such as lower test scores and lower graduation rates that points to achievement gaps in education.
Caldwell mural welcomes visitors to North Minneapolis
Friday, 12 July 2013 16:16
Since 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.
Like 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.
As 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.
THE 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.
Monday, 08 July 2013 10:26
Freddie Allen, NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (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.