In recent weeks, what has been dubbed as the Alabama Sweet Tea Party (among other colorful addresses) showed how racism persists in our society today and how its historical roots continue to show us how far changing attitudes still need to go in order for justice and acceptance to be commonplace. This article by our Executive Director details the events of that day on August 5th and how it can be a lesson in community, justice, and Black liberation.
“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.” Frederick Douglass proclaimed this in 1852 and points out that this holiday is a celebration of, by, and for white people. Still today, we find our government officials restricting instead of expanding freedom by revoking long-held decisions. When those seemingly insurmountable odds are pressing against you, telling you to give up, to capitulate, to compromise, to move out of their way while they strip away freedoms and rights, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the River of Truth, and tell them — “No, you move!”
“My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.” For countless Black Americans, this statement did not ring true until June 17, 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the legislation making Juneteenth National Independence Day the 11th federal holiday. But, is Juneteenth truly accepted and celebrated by all Americans? Read this piece by our Executive Director to uncover the history of this monumental holiday and the miseducation of American freedom.
On the third anniversary of George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis, we reflect on the impact race has on time and space in our society. What is the rate of justice for Black people against the rate of accountability for a heinous crime by white people? Read this article by our Executive Director to understand this inequity.
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center is pleased to announce that we were awarded an outright award of $135,771 by the National Endowment for the Humanities for their Humanities Collections and References Resources program!
The funds awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities will be used to describe and make accessible the collections stored within the Hallie Q. Brown Community Archives. We will be able to hire additional, dedicated, and highly trained staff members to assist in the preservation and interpretation of the historic Rondo Neighborhood in St. Paul Minnesota.
National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this archival work do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities (http://www.neh.gov/).
Read this important article from our Executive Director on the danger of being Blissfully White.
This news story by CBS showcases yet another example of how eminent domain and the Federal Aid Highway Act in 1956 devastated the lives and legacies of Black families in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Enjoy this Star Tribune article with our Archivist, Kayla Jackson, about preserving the history of Rondo and its residents.
Governor Walz joined “Mind, Body and Soul” group members at Hallie Q. Brown on Monday, February 6th to celebrate the year’s work of the group to provide input on the state budget to help Black Minnesotans.
Read this Black History Month article from our Executive Director on the importance of knowing, and not repeating, aspects of history, after another senseless tragedy has occurred.
Read this article from our Executive Director, Jonathan Palmer, about the importance of acknowledging the addiction of racism, the soft bigotry of complacency, and the need for an intervention of consciousness.
“We have also come to his hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.”
-Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “I Have A Dream” Aug. 28, 1963
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Read this article from Executive Director, Jonathan Palmer, regarding changing the narrative around Thanksgiving.
Read this article written by our Executive Director, Jonathan Palmer, on democracy and the importance of voting.
What is Black August and why should you care? Our Executive Director tells the story of George Jackson’s life and the freedom fighters who died trying to honor those who sacrificed their freedom and lives in the struggle for Black liberation.
According to a Gallup poll in June 2021, more than two in three Black Americans (69%) say they have a lot or some knowledge about Juneteenth, compared with 40% of Hispanics and 31% of white Americans. Read this article from our Executive Director to learn why the disparity exists and what we can do to change people’s awareness of true history.
American exceptionalism is a lie powered by systemic racism, white supremacy and gun violence. Read this article to understand how each affects life in our society today as we consider the terrible acts of violence in Tulsa.
Read this article written by our Executive Director on what Critical Race Theory is and is not in order to underscore how imbedded racism is to our society.
Please enjoy this MLK Day Human Rights Celebration by the City of Chaska from February, 2022. Our Executive Director, Jonathan Palmer, gives the keynote address (24:40) about the importance of Dr. King’s legacy.
7/21/21 Listen now to Executive Director Jonathan Palmer in conversation with Tracy Nielson from the HandsOn Twin Cities podcast.
Read this May 2021 piece in The Star Tribune by Kelly Smith about how Minnesota nonprofits, including Hallie Q. Brown, are faring amid the effects of the pandemic.
Read this May 2021 piece in the Pioneer Press by Mara H. Gottfried featuring the Community Ambassadors: “With more shootings, what’s St. Paul doing to address it now and what can be done?
Read and watch this May 2021 article and clip from KARE-11’s Charmaine Nero. Executive Director Jonathan Palmer discusses justice, the remembrance of George Floyd, and the Rondo neighborhood.
Watch this April 2021 clip from WCCO’s Reg Chapman to learn about our recent efforts to vaccinate community members.
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center was featured in April 2021 in “Five good things that happened in trucking this week — April 16” from the online publication FleetOwner. Read about it: “CHS grant helps Twin Cities nonprofit provide supplies for those in need.”
4/20/21 Coverage Roundup: Mobile Vaccine Unit at Hallie Q. Brown
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center is proud to have partnered with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health to host a mobile vaccine bus onsite, starting in April 2021. Check out the media coverage below to learn about this important work.
Local/State outlets publishing AP story: KEYC-TV | Mankato Free Press | Winona Daily News | WQOW-TV | (Eau Claire, WI) | WDIO-TV (Duluth) | KTTC-TV (Rochester) | Voice of Alexandria | La Crosse Tribune | KDLH-TV (Duluth) | WXOW-TV (La Crosse)
Livestream video from KARE 11’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=RhaNzcBfAWU&feature=youtu.be
WCCO-TV – clip from noon newscast on 4/20
Read this April 2021 article from the Star Tribune about vaccine hesitancy among Minnesota communities of color and learn how Hallie Q. Brown Community Center is addressing the issue.
Read this February 2021 opinion piece by Jonathan Palmer for Care Counseling about the celebration of Black History Month.
Read this February 2021 piece from WCCO’s Reg Chapman to learn about recent initiatives to celebrate Black history in Minnesota and how Hallie Q. Brown Community Center has been involved.
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center Executive Director Jonathan Palmer joined in conversation with podcast host Al McFarlane in December 2020. Their hour-long discussion included important information about COVID-19, resources at Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, and strategies for the local community to stay safe.
Did you know that Minnesota’s rate of voter fraud is only 0.0000045% since 1979? Hallie Q. Brown Executive Director Jonathan Palmer sat down virtually with Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon in October 2020 to discuss voting, the upcoming election, key information about exercising your rights, and his unique family connection to Hallie Q. Brown.
Read this 2019 article by Tiffany Johnson in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.