May 28, 2014

Minneapolis Teachers Institute; Professor John Wright featured in the Minnesota Daily

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The Minnesota Daily highlights the work and legacy of professor John Wright in the article, "The Wright Legacy".

March 31, 2014

Professor Rose Brewer honored as the 2014 CLA Dean's Medalist

Congratulations to Professor Rose Brewer for earning the 2014 CLA Dean's Medal. On April 8th, she was honored and presented the address, "Black Life in the 21st Century U.S.: Complexities of Political Economy, Race, and Ideology" at Northrup Auditorium. The CLA Dean's Medal was created by an anonymous donor to reward a faculty member's excellence in scholarship or creative activity.

Award-winning poet Patricia Smith and Young Adult novelist Rita Williams-Garcia at the Minneapolis Teachers Institute Year-End Colloquium, Saturday, May 17 at STSS Building. Learn more.

May 10, 2013

Question Bridge: Black Males


Juxtaposition Arts
1108 West Broadway Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Question Bridge: Black Males is a nationally acclaimed art exhibition that holds up the voices and experiences of Black men and boys in the U.S. is coming to the Twin Cities. This transmedia art project seeks to represent and redefine Black male identity in America.

EXHIBITION | May 15 - June 10, 2013
Tues, Wed., & Thurs., 10am - 5pm
Other hours by appointment

BLUEPRINT ROUNDTABLE | May 17, 2013 | 6pm - 8pm

QB_Press Release.pdf

April 5, 2011

Remembering Manning Marable

African Diaspora Studies scholar Manning Marable died on April 1, 2011, just before his new book on Malcolm X was released. In a short article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. comments on the book and Dr. Marable's legacy.

March 1, 2011

Does African-American Literature Exist?

"Does African-American Literature Exist?" This article (published by The Chronicle of Higher Education) is attracting a lot of attention. On March 1 the author (Kenneth Warren, a professor of English at the University of Chicago) and Henry Louis Gates Jr. (the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University) conducted an online chat about the thesis that the genre of African-American literature no longer exists.

December 14, 2010

Somalis in Minnesota

According to December 2010 American Community Survey data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, about 30% of Americans with Somali ancestry live in Minnesota: approximately 25,000 out of about 85,700.

May 16, 2010

African immigration to Minnesota

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has published a story about African immigration to Minnesota: 2009 marked the first time Africa was the source of a majority of Minnesota's legal immigrants, with Somalia sending the largest number.

April 30, 2010

China's African Development

The May 2010 issue of The Atlantic magazine has an interesting story about China's development efforts in Africa. Is China "The Next Empire"?

February 21, 2010

African Americans in the movies, 2009

2009 had few great roles for African Americans in the movies, according to a February 21, 2010 article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper.

February 4, 2010

HeLa cell line

In 1951 an African American woman's biopsy cells were made available to biological researchers, without her knowledge or consent. Today her cell line is one of the most powerful ones for scientific research. See a Wired magazine article on Henrietta Lacks for more information.

March 26, 2009

John Hope Franklin

Historian John Hope Franklin passed away at age 94 on March 25, 2009. Professor Franklin was a pioneer in African American Studies. Duke University has set up a web site in his memory.

March 10, 2009

auction of first African American comic book

The first comic book by and for African Americans is up for auction. 1947's All-Negro Comics No. 1 is for sale by comics entrepreneur Stephen Fishler. The comic book &mdash featuring characters such as detective Ace Harlem and Hep Chicks on Parade &mdash is for sale online at the ComicConnect Event Auction.

February 28, 2009

State of the Black Union

The February 28, 2009 "State of the Black Union" will re-air on C-SPAN2 Friday, March 6, 2009, 7:00 PM (Central Time). The theme of this year's event is "Making America As Good As Its Promise."

February 5, 2009

The Atlantic's "State of the Union"

The January/February 2009 of The Atlantic magazine has several articles on American race relations in the "State of the Union" section:

January 18, 2009

President Obama's Inauguration

Many Minnesotans are making pilgrimages to Washington, D.C. to witness President Obama's historic inauguration. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has posted a multimedia story about an event most African Americans did not think they would see in their lifetimes.

August 10, 2008

Black political leadership

The New York Times has posted a long article on Black political leadership: "Is Obama the End of Black Politics?" The article can also be downloaded.

July 22, 2008

CNN Special: Black in America

On July 23 and 24, CNN television will air a "Black in America" report. Many blogs exist on this special broadcast, such as at Black Voices.

June 13, 2008

television (non)diversity has posted an interesting article: "Diversity in Entertainment: Why is TV So White?"

June 5, 2008

Obama's historic moment

Many African Americans are pleasantly surprised by Senator Obama's breakthrough as the Democratic nominee for United States President.

March 18, 2008

Obama's March 18, 2008 speech

On March 18, 2008, Barack Obama delivered a speech about race in the United States. The blog "Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast" offers an abridged and highlighted version of key points in the speech.

March 2, 2008

Barack Obama's turn?

The Minneapolis StarTribune recently posted a commentary about whether a White woman (Hillary Clinton) or a Black man (Barack Obama) should be elected President ("Whose Turn Is It?"). See also an article from The Atlantic about how Obama may transcend divisive political battles.

January 18, 2008

student athletes and campus diversity

Even though we are in the year 2008, the African American male population on many college campuses is still significantly composed of athletes. We have much work to do in order to really diversify higher education.

December 30, 2007

race, crime, and DNA

The January 2008 issue of Wired magazine contains an interesting article on page 74: "Criminal Code: A new DNA test can ID a suspect's race, but police won't touch it."

December 17, 2007

what's happening at SCSU?!

In the past few weeks there have been a string of race-related issues at St. Cloud State University. Most recently, a student of color was spat on and shown the Nazi salute. What happened to Minnesota Nice?

November 7, 2007

2007 or 1907?

Reports have recently surfaced about parties with celebrants wearing blackface, such as at Homeland Security and Hamline University. Are we living in 2007 or 1907?

October 29, 2007

Halloween and race

According to an Associated Press poll, parents of color are les likely than Whites to allow their children to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.

October 18, 2007

A history of rope

Leonard Pitts' Miami Herald op-ed piece on "A history of rope" is being widely posted to the Net, such as on Pitts argues, "you might say the country has changed since [the early 1900s], and it has. The problem is, it's changing again." Indeed.

October 8, 2007

a distraction from real issues

A cross-burning hoax has fueled misconceptions that there are no significant race problems in Minnesota, which may cause people enduring legitimate racial discrimination to become more reluctant to report it to the police.

September 21, 2007

Jena 6 activism

The Jena 6 case is presenting many African American college students with opportunities to study and engage social change activism.

memorial to genocide victim

Germany has created the first memorial of a Black victim of Nazi genocide.

September 18, 2007

The Jena 6

The "Jena 6" are six African-American teens facing jail time after racial unrest in Jena, LA. For information, see stories on Wikipedia, NPR,
the Color of Change, and YouTube.

September 16, 2007

Liberians in Minnesota

On September 16, 2007, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune published a story about the reactions of Minnesota's Liberians to an 18-month reprieve from deportation.

September 12, 2007

African immigrants in Minnesota

On September 12, 2007, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune posted a story about Minnesota's African immigrants.

August 22, 2007

Mike Vick

The president of the Atlanta NAACP believes that NFL quarterback Michael Vick should be allowed to return to the NFL after his release from prison for participating in a dogfighting operation. What do you think?

August 14, 2007

affirmative action and education

On August 13, 2007 there was an interesting article in about the state of affirmative action and education. Check it out!