Join the City in celebrating Black History Month  


The City of Minneapolis is celebrating Black History Month with special events in the City Hall Rotunda throughout February and an exhibit in the Hennepin Gallery honoring the 85th anniversary of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR), the oldest black-owned newspaper in the state and one of the longest running, family-owned newspapers in the country.   

An honorary resolution passed by the City Council today states: “Black history, and the contributions of peoples of African ascent, is honored and uplifted at the City of Minneapolis not only in the month of February but throughout the entire year.” 

The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder exhibit in the Hennepin Gallery, located on the A-level of the Hennepin County Government Center, is a part of several Black History Month events coordinated by the Minneapolis Black Employee Network, a professional development group created by black employees to enhance employee work experiences through networking and support. Members share the common purpose of supporting the City’s objective of recruiting and retaining a diverse, talented and engaged workforce. 

The exhibit, on display through Feb. 28, features items of historical significance from the paper’s long and storied past, including a large collection of photographs that evoke a rich and vivid display of black life in the Twin Cities that spans decades.  

“For city officials, Black History Month is a time not just to recommit ourselves to advancing racial justice in Minneapolis, but to highlight how Black Minneapolis residents have contributed to and built our city’s prosperity,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “We are collectively taking this opportunity to create policy and practice that advances that work.” 

“The City of Minneapolis is proud to sponsor events recognizing the history and contributions of African American citizens to this great city,” said City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins. “In collaboration with Hennepin County, we are proud to present four events throughout the month of February to honor Black History. As an African American, transgender, City Council member, it is my honor to lift up the role that African Americans have played in continuing to help America live up to its ideals of fairness and equality for all people.” 

Black History Month events organized by the Minneapolis Black Employee Network
All events will be held noon to 1 p.m. in the City Hall Rotunda, 350 S. Fifth St. 

·       Thursday, Feb. 6: Call to Action. Featured speaker: Lissa Jones, producer and commentator. 

·       Thursday, Feb. 13: Empowering Youth. Featured speaker: Tracey Williams-Dillard, CEO and publisher of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. 

·       Thursday, Feb. 20: Honoring History Maker at Home award recipients. Featured speaker: Deborah Watts, president, Emmitt Till Legacy Foundation. 

·       Thursday, Feb. 27: Lift Every Voice. Panel discussion.     

Published Jan 31, 2020



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