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Justspeak: Who will protect the children?: The invisibility of the American Indian/Native American struggle

Justspeak: Who will protect the children?: The invisibility of the American Indian/Native American struggle Every parent of color hopes that their children will grow up without exposure to the brutality of racism and other forms of social injustice. That is the promise we hold when we give birth to them and first grasp their tiny hands and look into their eyes as parents. Few parents of color, however, are so lucky and can chronicle example upon example of micro-aggressions to which our children are subjected. My own children experienced such moments in their formative years at school: “what if I call you the ‘N’ word,” taunts of “Medusa” for having cornrow hair or wearing braids, and many more affronts throughout their youthful years, some of which they never disclosed. What we as parents of color pray is that our children never have to face a full frontal attack of racial slurs and the potential for violence. Although my children are now adults, and may face the same challenges as I when they have children, I’m still a parent, and it wrenches my heart to know that children from an American Indian school in South Dakota were the most recent recipients of the latest social injustice assaults that seems to be spreading like wildfire across this country.
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BAHAMAS TOURISM ENGAGES BLACK NEWSPAPERS TO ATTRACT AFRICAN AMERICANS: Black Press: Peace keepers, truth tellers

BAHAMAS TOURISM ENGAGES BLACK NEWSPAPERS TO ATTRACT AFRICAN AMERICANS: Black Press: Peace keepers, truth tellersNASSAU, Bahamas (NNPA) – A top Bahamas official praised the Black Press last week as essential to truthfully and creditably chronicling African American progress from one generation to the next.
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Humphrey School's Professor Samuel Myers gets prestigious NEA Westerfield Award: Myers researched social policy impact on the poor

Humphrey School's Professor Samuel Myers gets prestigious NEA Westerfield Award: Myers researched social policy impact on the poorDr. Samuel Myers, Jr., the Roy Wilkins professor of Human Relations and Social Justice at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, has received the Samuel Z. Westerfield, Jr., Award by the National Economic Association (NEA).
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AchieveMpls' Career and College Center helping North students go to college

AchieveMpls' Career and College Center helping North students go to collegeSimple mathematics ... by 2018, 70 percent of all jobs in Minnesota will require some form of post-secondary education. But in 2013, Black students in the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) graduated at a paltry rate of just 57 percent.
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Congressman Ellison, Lt. Gov. Smith promote 2015 Claim It! campaign

Congressman Ellison, Lt. Gov. Smith promote 2015 Claim It! campaignMinnesota leaders joined together to recognize the 40thanniversary of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the launch of the 2015 Claim It! campaign. National, state and local government leaders – including Congressman Keith Ellison, Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, and Minnesota Department of Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly – participated in a press conference at the St. Paul-based Prepare + Prosper last week.
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Op-Ed: A blueprint for middle-class economics

Op-Ed: A blueprint for middle-class economicsAmerica's resurgence is real. With a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production, we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth.
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With 'No More Campaigns to Run,' Obama Refuses to Back Down

With 'No More Campaigns to Run,' Obama Refuses to Back DownNEWS ANALYSIS

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The strongest line in President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night was adlibbed. When he said toward the end of his one-hour speech, "I have no more campaigns to run," Republicans laughed. He quickly shot back, "I know because I won both of them."
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Champion Town Hall looks at legislative priorities

Champion Town Hall looks at legislative prioritiesMinnesota State Sen. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-59) gathered local lawmakers at his Jan. 22 town hall meeting at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) in north Minneapolis (2001 Plymouth Ave. N.) to discuss policy objectives for the 2015 session.
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PROFILE IN EXCELLENCE: Toyia Younger

PROFILE IN EXCELLENCE: Toyia YoungerClick on the website for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (www.mnscu.edu) and the first picture seen on its rotating banner is of a beautiful young lady of color – bright eyed with a welcoming smile.
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The origin and purpose of Black History Month

The origin and purpose of Black History MonthSo often we find ourselves involved in activities without fully understanding why, as occasionally is the case during our annual observance of Black History Month.

This celebration is our most meaningful opportunity to promote cultural awareness, provide direction for our young and take pride in our collective historical accomplishments.
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PROFILE IN EXCELLENCE: Chanda Smith Baker

PROFILE IN EXCELLENCE: Chanda Smith BakerYears ago, across the street from Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis, community leaders sat around a dining room table debating issues of the day in the modest duplex of Gertrude Green. Her son the late Dr. Richard R. Green, the first Black superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools and first Black New York City Schools Chancellor, was in the midst holding court in this vigorous conversation. That was one of many opportunities where Chanda Smith Baker, granddaughter of Gertrude and niece of Richard, bore witness to leadership.
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