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Black History Month events

Black History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to United States history. Created in 1926 as a week-long celebration by African American historian and scholar Carter G. Woodson, it expanded to a month-long series of events in 1976. The National Black History Month theme for 2016 was "Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories." Created in 1926 as a week-long celebration by African American historian and scholar Carter G. Woodson, it expanded to a month-long series of events in 1976. 

The theme for 2017 focuses on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans.


National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID)
National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) is a day for parents to come to their child's school, see what their day is like and to support their child's educational future. 
Monday, Feb. 13, 2017
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The University of Minnesota and Wealth from Slave Labor
Tracing Links to Slavery Where We Are: The University of Minnesota and Wealth from Slave Labor. Presented by Chrisyopher Lehman. Free admission.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities – Crosby Seminar Room 
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 4:30PM
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St. Cloud Regional Human Rights Commission: Meet with MDHR Commissioner Kevin Lindsey
Community discussion with Minnesota Department of Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey. Learn more about the work of MDHR and your rights.
St. Cloud City Council Chambers Conference Room
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 6:30PM
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Black Lens: Creed (Movie)
Black Lens celebrates the work of black directors.PG-13. Directed by Ryan Coogler, 2016. Funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Minneapolis Central Library
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 8:30AM
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The Truth, Racial Healing and Transformative Movement: A Conversation about Race
Presenters and participants will engage in a conversation about race and the elimination of the belief in a hierarchy of human value, and the narrative that reinforces that belief.
Hennepin Technical College
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 8:30AM
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Celebrating Minnesota’s Black Medical Community Past and Present
Black history honored here! Celebrate Black History Month by honoring the achievements of Minnesota's Black Medical Community from the 1940s to the present. 
Minneapolis Central, Doty Board Room
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 11AM
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Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota 
A century before Kirby Puckett led the Minnesota Twins to World Series championships, Minnesota was home to countless talented African American baseball players. Hear the stories of unsung heroes and forgotten stars who battled discrimination.
Augsburg Park Library
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 2PM
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Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series: Margot Lee Shetterly 
By telling the astonishing story of African American women who served as “human computers” behind the scenes at NASA during World War II and beyond, author Margot Lee Shetterly breaks open critical conversations about issues of race, gender, and science that continue to plague our country. Ticket is required.
University of Minnesota , Twin Cities – Northrop
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 5PM
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History Lounge talk: Origins of Black Civil Rights in Minnesota
Discover how, in a state where racial prejudice and oppression wore a liberal mask, black settlers and entrepreneurs, politicians, and activists maneuvered within a restricted political arena to bring about real and lasting change.
Minnesota History Center
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 7PM
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Web Sites and Resources Related to Black History

Human Rights in Burma/Myanmar:

Religious Persecution, Economic Sanctions and A New Political Landscape 

Burma small imageSpeakers:  Victoria Dutcher, Jessica Grady and Nou Her, Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellows in Human Rights and Law. The speakers will discuss the persecution of the Rohingya, the political situation following recent elections, and the effects of the sanctions.

When: Thursday, February 16, 7:00-9:00 pm.
Where: Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Ave, St. Paul, Kelley Board Room

Admission: The talk is open to the public; no reservations are necessary. $10 general public, $5 students and seniors, and free to Mitchell Hamline students. Continuing legal education credits are available for lawyers: $35 for 2 standard CLE credits (pending). Two ‘clock hours’ for teachers.

For more information:,, 651-695-7621. Download flyer.

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