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President-elect Obama to be sworn in using the Lincoln Bible

President-elect Obama to be sworn in using the Lincoln Bible

Washington, D.C. - On January 20th, President-elect Barack Obama will take the oath of office using the same Bible upon which President Lincoln was sworn in at his first inauguration. The Bible is currently part of the collections of the Library of Congress. Though there is no constitutional requirement for the use of a Bible during the swearing-in, Presidents have traditionally used Bibles for the ceremony, choosing a volume with personal or historical significance. President-elect Obama will be the first President sworn in using the Lincoln Bible since its initial use in 1861.

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Hayden, Champion express gratitude

Hayden, Champion express gratitude

State Reps. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-58B) and Jeff Hayden (DFL-61B) were sworn in to the Minnesota House of Representatives last week Tuesday, Jan. 6. Champion replaces Willie Dominguez who served one term while Hayden replaces Neva Walker, who held the seat for four terms.

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Obama outpost opens in the heart of Rondo

A critical campaign outpost for Barack Obama's Presidential campaign opened at 924 Selby Avenue in St. Paul last weekend, Sat., October 4. The location lends itself to several highly important voting groups from the University, Selby, Summit, Grand Ave., and Cathedral Hill neighborhoods, all of which compose the more properly known Rondo neighborhood.  The intersection of Selby Ave. and Milton St. is a community business and social hub. The Rondo-Obama office space was donated by St. Paul Central Alumnus, and former New York Giants Superbowl Champion Stacy Robinson.

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It's time to turn around America: Be sure your vote is counted this election

The great civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer once recalled the moment she decided to fight for her right to vote: "When they asked for those to raise their hands who'd go down to the courthouse the next day, I raised mine. What was the point of being scared?  The only thing they could do to me was kill me and it seemed like they'd been trying to do that a little bit at a time ever since I could remember." 

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Michelle Obama in Minnesota

Michelle Obama in Minnesota

Michelle Obama made two campaign stops in Minnesota last week Mon., Oct. 13. In St. Paul she spoke to a crowd of nearly 4,000 supporters at Macalester College.

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Pulitzer Prize and Obie Award winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Pulitzer Prize and Obie Award winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Photo credit: Eric Schwabel
The Department of English at the University of Minnesota is presenting a free Twin Cities appearance by playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog and the Obie Award-winning Venus. A month-long series of free public performances and discussions will frame Parks' visit, presented by the Departments of English and Theater in partnership with Frank Theatre and the Playwrights' Center.
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African American power in Congress: It wasnt always so

 African American power in Congress: It wasnt always so

The Democratic recapture of Congress and the record number of African Americans there – including the chairs of the Ways and Means, Judiciary and Homeland Security committees – signals a resurgence of Black political clout on Capitol Hill this year. But for most of the nation's history, that level of influence was sadly absent, as our new book, African Americans in Congress: A Documentary History (Congressional Quarterly Press) illustrates.
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Journey to Salta, Argentina

Journey to Salta, Argentina


I went far from the Twin Cities last fall; more south than "The South" – I left our America for South America. But as far away as it was, I ended up seeing traces of us there. North, Central and South Americans alike; we are all Americans by way of our geography, but I found that we also face some similar questions, culturally and in our communities. Across the American continents, regions are layered in different voices, telling distinct stories of each place.
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Superstar at Supervalu

Superstar at Supervalu


Supervalu is celebrating Black History Month with special product promotions and store events, and donations of more than $300,000 to African-American organizations nationwide. Superstar entertainer and visionary entrepreneur William "Smokey" Robinson kicked off Supervalu's Black History Month celebrations in meetings with executives, associates and customers in Twin Cities and Washington, D.C.organizations nationwide during the month.

Soprano Ilah Raleigh performs in Minneapolis on March 2, 2008

Soprano Ilah Raleigh performs in Minneapolis on March 2, 2008

Ilah Raleigh, an African-American soprano with Minnesota roots, will present a recital of classical music at the Guild Hall of Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis, on Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. This vibrant program includes Debussy's ethereal "Forgotten Airs," poignant songs by Sicilian composer Donaudy, and delicious canciones by Obradors, a 20th century Spanish composer. Pianist Jim Reilly will accompany Raleigh and special guest Mary Kirchner, mezzo-soprano, will join her in two duets.
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The Carters: Creating a better future

The Carters: Creating a better future

Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter is committed to strengthening her community by building coalitions and creating jobs and opportunities for economic development. However, her career began in the private sector. She worked with IBM Corporation as a systems engineer after moving to St. Paul from Northfield, MN where she attended Carleton College.

"At that time, it was all about climbing the corporate ladder and escalating my career in that particular arena," said Carter. She was recently married, and she and her husband, who was then an officer with the St. Paul Police Department, found themselves making plans for a family, two cars, a dog, and a house with the white picket fence; a piece of the American dream.

Above: Ramsey County Comissioner Toni Carter and Son Melvin Carter III, Ward 1 St. Paul City County Member. Photo by Elliot Stewart Franzen
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