Flowers incident rekindles fear and frustration for Minneapolis' black community

(Photo: Hennepin County jail) Al Flowers booking photos showing head and facial injuries.

For many of the community leaders who assembled Tuesday at the Minneapolis Urban League, the alleged beating of activist Al Flowers by police has re-opened a long-standing wound.

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Parents, educators, legislators continue fight to keep racial integration efforts alive

Crosswinds School of Arts and Sciences in Woodbury

Last week, part one of this story described how Crosswinds, a special Integration District school created by the settlement of a 1990s NAACP lawsuit to end segregation in Minnesota, was nearly taken over by another school district seeking to enhance its revenue and facilities. Following a legislative stalemate in the 2013-14 session, the takeover attempt failed and the school survived to continue its mission. This week’s conclusion describes the outcome of this struggle to date.

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1964 Civil Rights Act Anniversary observance to conclude with celebration July 31

This summer the City of Minneapolis and partners from across the state have collectively hosted events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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ISAIAH questions transit equity plan

Recently, The Metropolitan Council announced the release of a regional transit equity plan that promises to invest in bus rapid transit and light rail transit, in order to improve service to what the council describes as “racially concentrated areas of poverty and job centers throughout the region.”

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OPINION | AGH initiative promises to finally close MN Achievement Gap

Satire is sometimes the best way for a writer to make a point, especially on topics that are simply so foolish as to invite a little constructive ridicule. Such is the case for the following commentary by MSR’s editor-in-chief.

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Green Line illuminates Rondo story

(Photos courtesy of Metropolitan Council) Left: Gordon Parks’ niece and nephew, Dorothea Burns and Kofi Bobby Hickman, admire a likeness of their famous uncle immediately following the artwork’s installation in 2013. Right: Dorothea Burns with her terra cotta panel on the Victoria Street Station.

After its first month of service, Metro Transit's new Green Line light rail line is exceeding ridership expectations – and opening new learning opportunities for its passengers.

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Exhibit celebrates Tuskegee airmen

(Photo by Cathy Rajtar) A replica of the actual P-51C Mustang airplane flown by the Tuskegee Red Tail 332nd Fighter Pilots. The actual P-51C is housed at the South St. Paul Airport (when it is not in flight shows) and is available for viewing.

To celebrate 50 years since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation (MnDOT) Aeronautics division and their African American Employee Resource Group honored surviving Minnesota Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Dr. Harold Brown and the rest of the Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron.

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New Minneapolis Public Schools director to focus on Black male achievement

(Photo by Charles Hallman) L-R: Michael Walker and Michael Goar

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) now has in place their new office that will specifically look at Black male student achievement. Michael Walker, a longtime district employee and most recently Roosevelt High School assistant principal, was selected as the first director of the district’s Office of Black Male Student Achievement. He begins work July 28.

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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.

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