64 years later, one of Minnesota's Black athletes gets posthumous recognition

(l-r) Lea Hargett, Henry Crosby, Miguel Ramos, Peter Gorton (Photos by Charles Hallman)

William Henry “Bill” Binga until last weekend was resting in an unmarked grave for over 60 years. Now, that is no longer the case.

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Normandale appoints third Black woman to lead a Minnesota college

(l-r) Incoming Normandale President Dr. Joyce Ester and outgoing president Joe Opatz (Photo courtesy of Normandale Community College)

Nearly a quarter of U.S. college presidents are women, but according to the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) data, the number of female college leaders of color peaked at 14 percent in 2006 and is now at 12 percent.

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"What does the Fourth of July mean to the Negro?" - July 7 event examines Frederick Douglass speech

A program in St. Paul Monday, July 7, will discuss Frederick Douglass' renowned 1852 speech, "What Does the Fourth of July Mean to the Negro?"

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Making sense of race, culture, ethnicity and class… part 2

Later in July I will be leading a seminar with the Mentoring Project of Minnesota and representatives of youthrive. It is the third of eight sessions titled the “Impact Exchange.” These monthly gatherings seek to help mentoring programs and all interested parties dialogue and strategize how to confront the issues of Race, Class and Privilege in their personal lives and the programs they lead. The July session is titled “Race, Class and Ethnicity Matters” In my 28 years of working in diverse communities I’ve seen that frequently, conversations regarding racialized issues and efforts to correct injustice get derailed for the following reasons (if not more):

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Rep. McCollum says Redskins name violates University of Minnesota policy, some students plan to protest campus game this fall

Some University of Minnesota students plan to protest the Washington Redskins’ nickname when the NFL team plays on campus this fall.

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Making sense of race, culture, ethnicity and class…

Later in July I will be leading a seminar with the Mentoring Project of Minnesota and representatives of youthrive. It is the third of eight sessions titled the “Impact Exchange.” These monthly gatherings seek to help mentoring programs and all interested parties dialogue and strategize how to confront the issues of Race, Class and Privilege in their personal lives and the programs they lead.

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United Nations treaty can help fight racial disparities in Minnesota, local advocates join delegation to Geneva to encourage treaty enforcement

In 1994, the United States signed a United Nations treaty — the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination — that was ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1994, to little or no fanfare. As the treaty’s name states, it is intended to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination worldwide.

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NEWS DAY | Whitewashing Minnesota racism

When is it NOT racist for a cab driver to refuse to stop for an African American person? Maybe when it's late at night? Or in a certain section of town?

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Enduring traditions: Swedish Heritage Day at Minnehaha Falls

For 81 years a bunch of American Swedes have congregated at Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis to celebrate their heritage with music, dance, and food. Svenskaranas Dag (Swedish Heritage Day) used to draw as many as twenty thousand people who danced around the maypole and picnicked along The Falls. Honored guests included politicians and celebrities. Fewer folks attend the event these days, although we still get the occasional politician, but we are no less enthusiastic than those who came before us.

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Race, class, opportunity, and deeper learning

What happens when two sets of education advocates with valid perspectives collide?

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