By Harry Colbert, Jr., Managing Editor, email@example.com A picture is worth a thousand words, and the picture on the cover of this week’s edition of Insight News tells a shocking tale. In 2016, African American Leadership Forum’s (AALF) executive director, Jeffrey Hassan, and Minneapolis Urban League executive director, Steven Belton, met with public, private and…
Days ago, a 21 year old man walked into a 124 year old church in Charleston, South Carolina on a mission of destruction. Consumed with hatred, he was welcomed with love. Puffed up with prejudice, he was patiently pastored. Grounded in violence, he was greeted in peace. Angry, deceitful and desperate, the young man witnessed joy, transparency and hope among the small group who welcomed him into their Bible study.
[caption id="attachment_17338" align="alignleft"]The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the MUL Dinner April 21, 1960, at the Leamington Hotel (MUL Archives)[/caption]Thousands of African-Americans migrated to the upper Midwest in search of better opportunities and to avoid the harsh Jim Crow laws prevalent in the South. The end of WWII saw the return of soldiers disillusioned from fighting for a country that didn’t protect the very rights they fought for. The lack of jobs, housing and equal opportunities for African Americans edged the historically moderate Urban League to the forefront of the burgeoning civil rights movement advocating for equal opportunity and socioeconomic change.
The Minneapolis Urban League introduced it’s 13th Grade Pilot Program for enactment by the Minnesota State Legislature. Co-authored by Jeff Hayden and Bobby Champion in the Senate and Raymond Dehn and Will Morgan in the House, the measure could potentially impact over 3,000 young adults ages 18-26, placing them on college and career pathways by 2015.