The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery celebrates its one-year anniversary with its Northern Lights Gala on Friday (Sept. 27).

The museum will present its Shining Star awards for service to the community to Dr. Josie Johnson, Mahmoud El-Kati, Children’s Minnesota’s chief equity and inclusion officer, James Burroughs II, and Minneapolis NAACP president, Leslie Redmond.

The event takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at Westminster Hall, 1200 Marquette Ave., in downtown Minneapolis. The gala features performances by Johnnie Brown and Ashley DuBose, live painting by artist Kenneth Caldwell and is hosted by former journalist and author Roxane Battle. The event is a fundraiser for the museum’s history and art exhibitions, and education programs.

The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery, located at 1256 Penn Ave., N., Minneapolis, opened in September 2018. It is the only African-American museum in the state. It is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Thursdays from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 12 noon. For more information visit the museum’s website at

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