History Makers at Home

This yearly event honors Black leaders who make lasting impacts in their community.

About History Makers at Home

History Makers at Home honors Black community leaders and their achievements. 

What home means

We define "home" as city, region, or state. Our changemakers are creating a lasting impact on their communities.

We recognize leaders in:

  • Business
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Economic development
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Government 

Event details

Date: Thursday, February 22nd, 2024 

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The program will be from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lunch served at 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Capri Theater 
2027 West Broadway
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Map to venue



Les Jolies Petites School of Dance with Mayor Frey



History Makers at Home recognizes leaders in many areas. Whether “home” is defined as a city, region, or state, these individuals are changemakers creating a lasting impact on their communities.

2024 History Makers at Home Honorees

Bishop Larry Cook

Bishop Larry Cook


About Larry Cook

Senior pastor of Real Believers Faith Center, entrepreneur, mentor, and community leader.  

He is focused on helping men become leaders in their families and communities.

He runs programs to support men and boys, like mentoring and owning Lion’s Den Gas Station.

His goal is to make things better in the community by offering opportunities for work and support.

Bishop Cook is passionate about making a positive impact and improving people's lives.

Nothando Zulu

Nothando Zulu


About Nothando Zulu

She is a master storyteller/author who passed away in September 2023.

Nothando has been telling stories for over 40 years, focusing on African self-determination.

She grew up on a farm in Virginia and shares tales from her upbringing.

With her husband, she started a storytelling festival called "Signifyin' & Testifyin'" in Minnesota to celebrate Black culture.

People love hearing her stories about family and resilience at the festival.  


Dr. Josie Johnson

Dr. Josie Johnson


About Dr. Josie Johnson

Dr. Josie R. Johnson, born in 1930 in Texas, is a prominent civil rights activist and educator known for her advocacy for voting rights and fair housing.

Despite facing segregation, she pursued education, earning degrees from Fisk University and the University of Minnesota.

Throughout her career, she has worked alongside leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., becoming the first African American appointed to the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents and receiving numerous awards for her dedication to civil rights.

Today, Dr. Johnson continues to inspire through activism and public speaking, leaving a lasting legacy of resilience and commitment to justice.

Violence Interrupters of Minneapolis Honorees

Violence Interrupters walking residents safely


About Violence Interrupters group award

We are honoring the following groups:

We Push for Peace

T.O.U.C.H Outreach

Metro Youth Diversion Center 

Restoration Incorporated


The Strength Group

We Push for Peace

We Push 4 Peace


About We Push for Peace

We Push for Peace is one of the Violence Interrupters of Minneapolis. The group is all about helping young people and our neighborhoods.

They team up with businesses like Cub Foods and Whole Foods to create jobs and make communities safer.

By putting Community Outreach guards in the right places, they're working to stop crime and build trust with people who need support

T.O.U.C.H Outreach

T.O.U.C.H Outreach group standing near basketball court


About T.O.U.C.H Outreach 

T.O.U.C.H Outreach is one of the Violence Interrupters of Minneapolis. They were selected as an inaugural agency in the City of Minneapolis’, MinneapolUS Strategic Outreach Initiative (MinneapolUS).

Trained in the evidence-based model, Cure Violence Mr. Abdul-Ahad leads a team of Violence Interrupters, 6 nights a week in Minneapolis to de-escalate conflicts and connect people with resources to steer them away from violence.

In addition to leading this team, Mr. Abdul-Ahad partners with South High School to mentor students and provide a safer school experience.


Metro Youth Diversion Center

Metro Youth Diversion Center group standing outside a building


About Metro Youth Diversion Center 

Metro Youth Diversion Center is one of the Violence Interrupters of Minneapolis. Their main goal is to tackle the things that affect people's health and well-being in the community.

They’re working on spreading awareness about opioids, preventing violence, and improving overall community health.

For violence prevention, they run programs that teach how to solve conflicts peacefully and communicate without violence. They aim to build a community where everyone feels safe and respected.


Restoration Incorporated

Restoration Incorporated group standing outside a building


About Restoration Incorporated 

Restoration Incorporated is one of the Violence Interrupters of Minneapolis. This is a group that wants to make our community safer and help young people.

They use different methods like Cure Violence and Positive Youth Development to reduce gun violence and heal trauma.

Their team, made up mostly of people from North Minneapolis who've been through tough times themselves, works hard to stop shootings and support those who might be in danger. They believe every kid deserves a chance to grow up safe, and they are doing everything they can to make that happen.



MAD DADS group standing around a table in orange shirts



The Minneapolis Chapter of MAD DADS is one of the Violence Interrupters of Minneapolis. They started in 1998, following the lead of a national group of African American fathers from Omaha, Nebraska, which began in 1989.

They noticed a lot of problems in the neighborhoods of the twin cities, so they decided to do something about it.

Over the years, they've helped lots of families, spent tons of time out in the community, responded to many shootings, coached people in jail, talked to lots of young people, and recently got a new leader. Their hard work got them an award in 2023 when they celebrated their 25th anniversary.



The Strength Group

The Strength Group standing outside


About The Strength Group 

The Strength Group is one of the Violence Interrupters of Minneapolis. They aim to help young people and those facing tough situations to make better choices and improve their communities.

They want neighborhoods where everyone feels safe and included, and where young people can grow and succeed.

They think that by working together with other organizations, they can make a real difference in North Minneapolis and create opportunities for everyone to thrive.