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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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Ndaba Mandela visits Niagara University: Reflects on grandfather's legacy

Ndaba Mandela visits Niagara University: Reflects on grandfather's legacyNdaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela , spoke of the laughs, laments and lessons learned from living with an iconic grandfather who went from prisoner to president and built a nation in a moving address before a standing-room-only crowd at Niagara University this week.
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Chavis: Civil Rights Movement needed now more than ever

Chavis: Civil Rights Movement needed now more than everPEMBROKE – Civil rights leader Benjamin Chavis kicked off a week-long Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Pembroke on Friday by saying a civil rights movement is of greater need in the state now than it was nearly five decades ago.
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Black lives still matters to grassroots and Black media

Black lives still matters to grassroots and Black mediaWASHINGTON (NNPA) – The last several months have seen an outpouring of activism, with slogans coming in waves: "Justice for Mike Brown," "Hands Up, Don't Shoot," and "I Can't Breathe." But the phrase "Black Lives Matter" has emerged to bind each flashpoint into one cause.
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