African American Community Covenant seeks school change

The African American Mobilization for Education sees two specific problems in the Minneapolis Public Schools: African American children aren’t being properly educated and the African American community hasn’t been given a voice and opportunity to collaborate to help address this crisis. To address these problems, the AAME proposes a Covenant between the community and the school board. (For full text of Covenant, click on PDF below.)
The Covenant is the product of more than a year’s work by multiple partners, including the Minneapolis Urban League, the YWCA and the We Win Institute. It seeks to lay the groundwork for an ongoing collaboration between the Minneapolis Public Schools and the African American community. A concentrated effort by numerous leaders in the African American community brought the Covenant to the school board on May 27. Continue Reading

Bean Scene downsizes to survive

In many ways, it served as a second office for Calvin Littlejohn, a North Minneapolis resident and business owner. Not only did the Bean Scene on Penn and Broadway provide great coffee, it was a wonderful place for networking as well. Bean Scene Too 1101 West BroadwayMinneapolis, MN 55411 Monday through Saturday 7 am to 6 pm612.76.ROAST
Also in the Daily Planet, read Jay Gabler on spoken word at the Bean Scene. The closing of the Bean Scene is “devastating to all the business in the community,” said Littlejohn, who now frequents Bean Scene Too, the remaining location on Broadway and Emerson. On April 1st, 2008, owner Dean Rose and manager Lynda Baker quietly closed the doors to Bean Scene 1, their first of two coffee shops in North Minneapolis. Continue Reading