House in south Minneapolis added to National Register of Historic Places

Pearl Lindstrom’s home at 4600 Columbus Ave. in south Minneapolis has gone national — the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places July 11, 2014.

Lindstrom, a friendly 92 year-old widow of a recently deceased minister, has meticulously maintained the little white house on the corner of 46th and Columbus for 56 years. But Arthur, wife Ethel, and daughter Mary Lee’s brief two years in the house was met with racial animosity and strife as an African-American family integrating an all-white neighborhood in 1931.


Doing good around the Jewish world: Conference draws attendees from throughout Midwest

(Photos: Mordecai Specktor) Michael Novick (left), JDC executive director for strategic development, moderated a discussion with Julie Pulda (center), JDC Entwine Fellow, Israel, and Aliona Druzhynina, a young leader and volunteer with JDC Ukraine.

A “Global Symposium” hosted by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and Jewish Federations from around the Midwest drew around 200 attendees on Monday.


Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art at the Walker Art Center

“So much of contemporary art deals with now – it’s important to understand that there is a trajectory,” said Valerie Cassel Oliver, curator of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, which opened at the Walker Art Center on July 24. As a survey of black contemporary art from the 1960s to the present, Radical Presence not only acknowledges, but affirms this trajectory through its showcase of 36 artists.


California Minuteman Ron Branstner to lead "Illegal Immigration Forum" at Willmar Library July 24

In Tuesday's Star Tribune, Alejandra Matos reports that the Immigration debate comes to Minnesota in force as politicians and immigration advocates and nonprofit groups that often serve traditional refugees struggle with the humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexican border.


25 years of counting kids: Income, race and inequality

Some 25 years ago, the Annie E. Casey Foundation began an annual, in-depth report on the well-being of children in the United States. The 2014 report shows our accomplishments — and our shameful failures. The area of education shows both.


'A Right to Establish a Home': Exhibit chronicles violent 1931 protests against black Minneapolis family

In 1931, postal worker and World War I veteran Arthur Lee moved into a new home in south Minneapolis at 4600 Columbus Ave. — where he, his wife Edith and six-year-old daughter Mary faced crowds as large as 4,000 people protesting violently to the presence of the young black family in what had been an all-white neighborhood.


OPINION | Equity missing from new Southwest Light Rail plans

Last week Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) was glad to see a plan moving forward to build the Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT), but deeply disappointed in the lack of equity in the plan as it currently exists.


East Metro Integration District's Crosswinds School of Arts and Sciences resists takeover attempt

(Photo courtesy of Crosswinds) Students of Crosswinds Arts and Science School

Parents and students in the United States scored a major victory 60 years ago in the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, which decreed an end to school desegregation. More recently, Twin Cities parents and teachers scored another victory in a long and convoluted fight for school integration. That fight also is related to a lawsuit brought over school segregation.


OPINION | Privilege isn't what you think

The concept of privilege is one that's both acknowledged and dismissed, depending on which side of cultural identity one hangs one's hat.


St. Paul's NAACP head aims to leave the world a little better place

Jeff Martin

“You got some people who are in it for the notoriety. You got some people who are in it for a specific cause, and they don’t go outside their cause. And you got some people in it that shouldn’t be in it,” says Jeff Martin, St. Paul’s NAACP President, as he grins and takes a sip of coffee.

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