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#MichaelBrown is probably sitting in your classroom

#MichaelBrown is probably sitting in your classroom

By Lisa Mims, Guest Columnist - Our Black News So will #trayvonmartin, #renishamcbride, and so many other unarmed  African Americans who have been murdered. Most of our students have probably been exposed to what has taken place in Ferguson. The shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black male by a police officer. Some may be experiencing [...]

Making Racism Work: There will always be House Ni**as

Making Racism Work: There will always be House Ni**as

Racial prejudice: “My Culture Made Me Do It” By Don Allen, Our Black News Before I begin, I would like to make three very important points in simple clarity. The first one being, I have no intention of moving back to Africa for some sense of moral or structural utopia where blacks work together side-by-side for the good of [...]

Twin Cities youth violence engagement missing children who use guns to kill

Twin Cities youth violence engagement missing children who use guns to kill

Tune into the Ron and Don Show on #BlogTalkRadio Wednesday, June 17 at 8:30 p.m. - the phone lines will be open to discuss the recent rash of homicides and what the community can do solve this dangerous epidemic. To listen, click here. The following video (North Minneapolis) was sent to Our Black News via Facebook. This proves some youth are [...]

Open letter to Minnesota governor Mark Dayton: What will you do about the Minnesota Department of Administration not using its authority to correct disparities in contracting for over 16 years?

Open letter to Minnesota governor Mark Dayton: What will you do about the Minnesota Department of Administration not using its authority to correct disparities in contracting for over 16 years?

Editor’s note: For more than 20 years, the Council on Black Minnesotans sat idle conforming to status quo. Two years ago a change happened. Under the leadership of COBM chairman Patwin Lawrence and executive director Edward McDonald, the COBM started to address issues of compliance in the state of Minnesota. In retaliation for the COBM’s [...]

Summer is here, school is out; how can we help K-12 learners retain knowledge during summer break?

Summer is here, school is out; how can we help K-12 learners retain knowledge during summer break?

Not every child in poor communities will take summer school classes. Community members must support summer programs that engage parents and families. Check out "To Succeed You Must Read" summer programming. For more information, call (469) 387-1929. By Don Allen, Publisher - Our Black News In this modern world filled with thousands of [...]

Press Conference: Minnesota’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Friday June 12, 11:00 AM

Press Conference: Minnesota’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Friday June 12, 11:00 AM

URGENT! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS The Minnesota chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will hold a press conference on Friday June 12, 2015 at 11:00 am in front of the State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd to demand Senator Tom Bakk, Senate Majority [...]

Designer Poverty: Come to the Twin Cities – we do it right!

Designer Poverty: Come to the Twin Cities – we do it right!

You know who you are...yes you; the people who run nonprofit agencies in the poorest part of town and wouldn't be caught dead walking in the streets after 7 pm. You have designed and maintained a system of check and balance that only assist the people who work in your office... By Donald Allen, Publisher – Our Black News Minneapolis, Minn. [...]

The Urgent Need to have African American male teachers in Elementary Schools in the United States

The Urgent Need to have African American male teachers in Elementary Schools in the United States

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan set a 2015 goal to bring more black male teachers to U.S. schools. “We want to have world-class teachers in every classroom, there is nothing more important, but for me, it’s also important that those teachers reflect the diversity of our nation,” Secretary Duncan told NBC News. So Secretary Duncan, [...]

Why African American and African studies should be a requirement in Twin Cities Public Schools

Why African American and African studies should be a requirement in Twin Cities Public Schools

It’s been over a month since I sent my CV to a local nonprofit agency that was searching to hire Fellows to work on a brief in support of African American studies in the public school systems. I never got a response, but that will never keep me from championing causes I believe in. Of course this nonprofit might be like others who talk a big [...]

Minnesota: When can Black Minnesotans be recognized for bravery and be trans-formed?

Minnesota: When can Black Minnesotans be recognized for bravery and be trans-formed?

Many people are saying Bruce Jenner is brave and courageous but you don't see too many people sharing LT.Colonel. No schoolteacher in Minnesota should have to explain the transition of Bruce Jenner to his or her students until black history, race and caste politics becomes a core standard in Minnesota’s public school system. Can we get back [...]

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