Council on Black Minnesotans announces ‘aggressive’ agenda during its ‘Day on the Hill’

Credit: Jonathunder, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

The Black population in Minnesota has increased by at least six times since the Council on Black Minnesotans (COBM) was founded in 1980.


Chart of the Day: Twin Cities Population (Age and Race) by 2040

Here are some pie charts from the Met Council's 2040 plan, via this long Minnesota Monthly article on the future.


Martin Luther King: Continued Inspiration for a Continuous Journey

Dr. King’s words – “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that” – speak loudly to researchers.

The Chinese Lao American with a Southern Laos Soul

If you grew up with the Lao community in the heart of Minneapolis, the cozy and heavily stocked aisles of New Orient Market was a familiar scene.


Holding onto your heritage: Somali traditions keep family roots intact while chasing the American dream

Photo credit: ThreeSixty

My mother came to America for one reason and one reason only. The “American Dream.”

What she didn’t know was the land we held onto might be sacrificed for that dream.


Fifty shades of white

Monday's MLK DAY protest march in Minnesota, which included a four-hour game of chicken between the 2-3,000 Black Lives Matter marchers and multiple ranks of police and troopers, including many on


Coming back to your community: A nonprofit aimed at Somali women pushes for empowerment, education

Photo: ThreeSixty

Walking through the Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis, a long, winding hallway greets me. The lighting is dim and the walls are bare.


Lao leadership we can look up to

Sabaidee, everyone, and happy new year.

It's been a long time since I last posted and there are so many exciting things I want to share with all of you.


A white boy's thoughts on Martin King

(I originally posted this on Facebook, but that is probably not the right venue for essays.)



Map Monday: The Second Great African-American Migration

Here’s a timely map for you for MLK day, showing the “second migration” of African-Americans from the South to the North following World War II.

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