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Minnesota Moment: Minneapolis to celebrate Black History Month with special events

Updated: February 06, 2020 10:46 PM

The city of Minneapolis is celebrating Black History Month with special events in the City Hall Rotunda throughout the rest of February.

An exhibit in the Hennepin Gallery will also honor 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.

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On Thursday, the Minneapolis City Council passed an honorary resolution stating, "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 exhibit will feature items of historical significance from the paper's storied past, including a large collection of pictures showing black life in the Twin Cities over decades, the city said.

  • 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.

 All events will be held noon to 1 p.m. in the City Hall Rotunda.

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