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As 2017 comes to an end, MSR kept the stories coming through its 83rd year of publication
Press conference, Yanez trial verdict
Mayor-elect Melvin Carter, St. Paul
Lynx Championship MTC rally, Emma Pachuta By Judith Hence Editor-in-Chief
Mpls Chief Medaria Arradondo being sworn in Photo courtesty of Pete Rhodes
as in the previous 82 years of our publication, the Minnesota SpokesmanRecorder published hundreds of stories and photos of people, especially African American people, responding to the never-ending trials, tribulations, challenges and triumphs that are an inevitable part of life in the state of Minnesota, particularly St. Paul and Minneapolis. The Lynx won the 2017 WNBA championship and, as Charles Hallman, MSR staff writer, said, “Not since the Minneapolis Lakers played here in the 1950s…have the Twin Cities seen such a successful pro team as the Minnesota Lynx.” MSR was recognized for providing the most thorough coverage of women’s sports among local media. The next big event headed for Minneapolis will be the Super Bowl, and you can be sure we’ll be covering the action here in the MSR. The Twin Cities is proud to claim
powerful and successful African American women who have made major contributions in leadership and services. Sabathani Community Center honored five such notable women with Leadership Awards to celebrate their history and contributions: Sharon Sayles Belton, Monique Linder, Willie Mae Demmings, Tracey Williams-Dillard and Judge Pam Alexander. These and many other women leaders were featured in our pages in 2017. The political scene was busy, too, with diversity firsts in city hall: Melvin Carter became St. Paul’s first African American mayor, Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham were elected Minneapolis’ first transgender council members, and, after 150 years, Medaria Arradondo was appointed Minneapolis’ first African American chief of police. We will be following the activities of these elected and appointed officials, among many others, in the stories to come. And there were rallies. People came out ■ See 2017 on page 5
New full service building in North Minneapolis
Appetite For Change/Breaking Bread
Mayor Hodges, Josie Johnson, Chief Arradondo, Clyde Bellecourt
Photos by Chris Juhn unless otherwise noted
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Sharon Sayles Belton, Steven Belton
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Leadership Award recipients Sharon Sayles Belton, Monique Linder, Willie Mae Demmings, Tracey Williams-Dillard and Judge Pam Alexander
Lynda D. Jackman
January 26, 1960 — December 23, 2016
February 27, 1946 — December 24, 2016
Marion Mildred Majors McElroy
March 16, 1922 — January 22, Lynda D. Jackman, 70, passed 2017
Passed away in his home on December 23, 2016. Born on Jan- away peacefully on Christmas uary 26, 1960, Lebron described Eve, December 24, 2016 at her himself as the “original” Leb- home in Bloomington, MN surron, and a son, brother, uncle, dad, rounded by loved ones. She was grandfather, great grandfather, the wife of Wallace (Jack) Jackfriend and man who knew him- man. They shared 52 wonderful self. years of marriage together.
Marion Mildred Majors McElroy passed away on January 22, 2017. Marion was born to Andrew and Ruth Majors on March 16, 1922 in Minneapolis, MN. She was a trailblazer and her accomplishments are many.
Lillian Frances Lazenberry Martin
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passed away January 9, 2017 in Age 68 of Minneapolis, Chicago, Illinois at age 97. She passed away November 6, 2017. was a former longtime resident of Celebration of Claudia’s life will Lillian Frances Lazenberry Minneapolis and retired from the be held Saturday, January 13, Martin passed away peaceful- Minneapolis Community College 2018 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm at ly on Wednesday, September 13, as founder of The Learning Assis- Coffman Memorial Union The2017. She was born Lillian Frances tance Center. The center is ded- ater, University of Minnesota Warmsley on March 10, 1928 in icated in her name. She was also Twin Cities campus. Pleasant Hill, LA to Kelly Warms- a longtime active member of Zion Baptist Church and in the comley and Joanna (Price) Warmsley. munity.
March 10, 1928 — September 13, 2017.
December 28, 2017 — January 3,2018
Parents are the First Teachers and Home the First School
Local resources for African American parents and families Minnesota African Women’s Association (MAWA) MAWA promotes the health and well-being of African refugee and immigrant women and their families in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul through research, education, advocacy and programming. It is a pan-African women’s nonprofit organization providing services and programming of interest to women from all African countries living in Minnesota. MAWA is governed by a board made up of African and American men and women who understand the issues that face African women and their families in the Twin Cities. This organization is located in Brooklyn Center. Contact MAWA at 763-561-2224 for more information.
By Tammy McIntyre Contributing Writer
I work and come in contact with African American families, I am mindful of the nutritional, housing, mental and emergency support needs of parents and families in our community. Below is a compilation of organizations that are local or in the immediate suburbs, are responsive, and have a culturally sensitive approach to meeting community needs. Sabathani Community Center-Family Resource Services Established in 1966, Sabathani is the only nonprofit organization founded by African American Minnesotans that is still in existence. Sabathani is located in the heart of South Minneapolis. It served 31,000 clients in 2015. Resource Services includes one of the largest food shelves in the area. Food orders provide balanced nutrition for the entire family, including a variety of meats, legumes, rice, pasta, cereal, canned goods and packaged foods, milk, fresh fruits and vegetables (in season), baby items, toiletries, and even juice and dessert items. Families can also get free clothing and furniture, income tax filing, back to school supplies and holiday support. Through the program, 25,000 people a year gain food security and self-sufficiency. Parents and families can
benefit from services in the following four program areas: Building strong, healthy families Creating school success for children and teens Keeping seniors active and healthy Community-based health resources Sabathani programs serve 30,000 people a year with a food shelf, free clothing and household goods, after-school programming for kids, a senior center, and health and wellness services for all ages. Sabathani leverages resources with nonprofits and small businesses in its building to serve even more needs. To learn more about its services, call Sabathani Community Center at 612-821-2300.
second Saturday of the month, from 12:30-2 pm, at Northside Center for Emotional Wellness; the South Minneapolis group meets on the first Saturday of the month, 2:15-3:45 pm, at Lake Nokomis Community Center, 2401 E. Minnehaha Pkwy. This group is for family caregivers of children under 18. Bilingual support is available for Spanish-speaking families. For more information regarding the sessions, contact NAMI at 651-645-2948 x130.
Simpson Housing Services Simpson Housing Services helps individuals and families experiencing homelessness move into stable housing by providing rental subsidies and supportive services. Simpson’s Family Housing is one of Minnesota’s largest supportive family housing programs. Simpson provides rental subsidies and intensive services at any given time to 200 families with 400 children. Openings for family housing are filled by referral, primarily from Hennepin County shelters.
The Black Parent Group This is a nonprofit organization that has many goals, which include: Providing culturally specific workshops to help parents and guardians Connecting families to local resources Encouraging community involvement and volunteerism Assist in building an African American marketplace and center of hope Provide opportunities for children to participate in artistic expression The R.E.E.K. Program (Reach, Educate, Evolve, Knowledge), which is associated with the Black Parent group, seeks to connect families by providing free outings that bring families together. Their website link is www.theblackparentgroup.org/. National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI Minnesota provides support groups to help parents utilize resources to meet the challenges of raising a child with a mental illness, learn coping skills, and develop problem-solving skills. Each of the support groups is facilitated by a parent who has a child with a mental illness and who has received specialized training. The North Minneapolis group meets on the
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PACER Center PACER was created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. PACER is staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities and works in coalition with 18 disability organizations. PACER also provides programming for diverse families and families of African descent. With assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children, PACER’s work affects and encourages families in Minnesota and across the nation. PACER is located in Bloomington, MN. For questions regarding resources for diverse families, contact EngagingDiverseFamilies@pacer.org or call them at 952-838-9000.
Families in the housing programs can participate in the Children & Youth Services Programs designed to help break the generational cycle of poverty and homelessness. These programs are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of highly mobile children who typically have limited access to traditional programs due to the challenges that accompany homelessness. For programs and housing requirements, contact Simpson Housing Services at 612-874-8683. Tammy McIntyre, M.Ed. is a workforce development consultant providing individuals and small businesses with career development services. She welcomes reader responses to mcintyre_tammy@ rocketmail.com. This article is re-run from 2016
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Two health screening examinations that can save lives
By Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD
olecular breast imaging and lung cancer screening are important medical advances Lung cancer screening saves lives On average, over 430 people die every day in the United States from lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in the United States. The numbers of people who die from lung cancer every year are more than those who die from colon cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer combined. The good news is that the early de-
tection of lung cancer can have a remarkable effect on saving lives by improving survival rates. Additionally, the early detection of lung cancer allows for minimal surgeries to excise the lung malignancy. Furthermore, lung cancers caught and treated early will also need fewer additional therapies such as chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments. Doctors have learned that one of the best screening tests for lung cancer in high-risk patients is by using something called low-dose computerized tomography (LDCT). LDCT has multiple advantages including exposing the patient to lower amounts of radiation and being sensitive enough to detect small lung cancers that regular X-rays can miss. LDCT does not use injectable dyes that can trigger life-threatening allergic reactions. LDCT screening in high-risk patients can identify and save 20 percent more lives than if LDCT was not used. Who are good candidates for LDCT? Good candidates for this test are anyone age 55 or older who smokes or
has a history of smoking and: • has a history of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (Please see our column on COPD in MSR’s December 7 issue.) • has a first degree relative with lung cancer (“first degree” includes parents, children and siblings) • has a history of lung carcinogen exposure to materials like asbestos, arsenic, chromium, and nickel If you are 55 and have any of the risk factors above, especially smoking, talk to your doctor about getting LDCT lung cancer screening. Molecular breast imaging Normally, breast cancer appears as a white spot within a darker breast tissue area on a mammogram. Unfortunately, up to 45 percent of women have abnormally dense breast tissue. This type of breast tissue is also called “fibro-glandular breast tissue.” Dense breast tissue
appears as white tissue on mammograms that can hide or cover-up breast cancers or lead to confusion and falsepositive identifications of breast cancer. The solution? Molecular breast imaging (MBI). In MBI, a unique low-dose radioactive material is injected into the patient. The unique low-dose radioactive material is selected because it is taken up much more by rapidly dividing cells, like breast cancer cells. A special camera is then used to detect any radioactive areas or spots in dense breast tissue. The results are stunning. MBI, used together with regular mammograms, detects 400 percent more breast cancers in dense breast tissue than with just routine mammograms alone! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with fibro-glandular or dense breast tissue, talk to your doctor about adding molecular breast imaging to
your next mammogram. It is truly a significant advance in the war against breast cancer. Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD is a board certified dermatologist and Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He also has a private practice in Eagan, MN. He received his M.D. and Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology and Genomics from the Mayo Clinic. He has been selected as one of the top 10 dermatologists in the United States by Black Enterprise magazine. Dr. Crutchfield was recognized by Minnesota Medicine as one of the 100 Most Influential Healthcare Leaders in Minnesota. He is the team dermatologist for the Minnesota Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves, Wild and Lynx. Dr. Crutchfield is an active member of both the American and National Medical Associations.
Isolation in older adults: It’s not just a seasonal thing How to recognize it and how you can help By Deb Taylor Contributing Writer Social isolation can impact health and quality of life, measured by an individual’s physical, social, and psychological health; ability and motivation to access adequate support for themselves; and the quality of the environment and community in which they live. Isolation in adults aged 50+ occurs due to a complex set of circumstances and factors that exist at the individual, social network, community and societal levels. The primary risk factors associated with isolation include: living alone, mobility or sensory impairment, major life transitions, socioeconomic status (low-income, limited resources), being a caregiver for someone with severe impairment, psychological or cognitive vulnerabilities, location (rural, unsafe or inaccessible neighborhood), small social network and/ or inadequate social support, language (non-English speaking), and membership in a vulnerable group. Isolation can also be triggered by the change or loss of social network, social role, physical health, mental health and resources. The National Council on Aging estimated, in a recent study, that 17 percent of all Americans over the age of 65 are isolated because they live alone and face one or more barriers related to geographic location, language or disability. The most prominent individual-level risk factors for older adults are living alone, having a physical impairment, losing a partner and/or close friend, and losing an important role such as
employment. This information is important to share because, if we’re lucky, we will all one day have the privilege of growing old. That’s why it’s crucial that we care for those of us who are already there, right now. But what do we do with this information? How can we change this? This time of year has everyone thinking about how we can be better neighbors, friends, etc. to those around us and ensure they have somewhere to go or someone to be with during the holidays, but knowing how to help prevent isolation is something we should be concerned about all year long. Isolation is an ongoing issue, not just a seasonal one.
make a big difference in the life of a person who’s isolated. Offer to drive Not having access to transportation can be a big factor causing isolation for an older adult. If you can’t personally drive them, offer to help them find an organization that can. The holidays are just around the corner. Maybe you want to gift an older adult a bus pass to help them get around town. Ask questions As evidenced in the AARP report, there are many reasons an older adult may be isolated and it may have nothing to do with lack of transportation. They may have just lost a loved one and are finding it hard to find the motivation to leave the house, or maybe they had to move recently and don’t know anyone in town. They may even have been feeling under the weather and haven’t been able to talk to anyone about it. You will never know if you don’t ask.
Here are a few things you can do all year long to be a friend to an isolated older adult:
Encourage social activities Senior centers are great places for older adults to engage with others as well as provide meaning for them with a variety of activities offered from woodworking to cards to yoga and more! With so many options, you’d be hard pressed not to find an activity you enjoy.
Get to know your neighbors This is the first step. Maybe you have an older adult living in your neighborhood who isn’t very active in the community. Introduce yourself, invite them to dinner, have coffee with them. The simplest acts can
Offer to help There may be a home project that is limiting an older adult’s mobility. For example, they may have trouble bathing themselves because they find it difficult to stand in the shower for so long. Or, this time of year they
may be limited by the snow on their driveway that they’re unable to shovel on their own. Be a good neighbor and offer to shovel and salt a path for them. There are numerous simple ways in which you can help prevent isolation in older adults, many of which require only a few minutes of your time. These
are just a few suggestions. Older adults add so much value to our communities, it is time to show them the appreciation and support they deserve. What will you do to help prevent isolation in the lives of the older adults in your community today?
Deb Taylor is the CEO of Senior Community Services and its Reimagine Aging Institute, a nonprofit that helps older adults and caregivers navigate aging to maintain independence and quality of life. For more information, visit www.seniorcommunity.org. Photo by Cristian Newman on Unsplash
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Trump’s high stakes strategy is perilous By Willie Johnson Guest Commentator What is comprehensive and insightful about a “lie” when it dominates the platform of President Donald Trump’s agenda? It is the greatest con game the American people fell for, voting Donald Trump in as President. Make America Great Again, what a slogan and the White Americans fell for the okie doke. What immaturity of the American people to elect a man with no political experience and no clue about political protocol. Wheeling and dealing might work in the business world, but it doesn’t work running the great complexities of the American Government. The Trump administration has been amateur hour at the highest level. I’m sorry to say, but our President has no clue on how to run a government. Three-card Monte, high low snakes eyes, shell game, Amos and Andy, Kansas City shuffle, four aces, the Mitch, a rich man’s dinner, a poor man’s hustle and the Republican new tax bill — American people, pick your con! That is where we are with this administration. Let’s just say, hypothetically, that President Obama’s administration had Sweet Billy for Health Secretary; Jack of All Trades for financial secretary; One Eyed Pete for Secretary of Defense, and Hot Mama Lucy for Human Services. The word impeachment couldn’t come out of the mouths of White people fast enough, saying that Obama is making a mockery out of the American government. But you could argue that this is what President Trump is doing at this very moment. As Black people, we can see through President Trump’s con. It’s so transparent that Stevie Wonder could see it. As Americans, we should all be concerned about his policies. His policies are going to affect us now and for generations to come. With this president you need ear plugs to block
out all the lies he is spewing. President Trump doesn’t understand that being a bully won’t work. There are people out there with fewer regulations who are a bigger bully than he can ever be. It seems to me that President Trump is trying to sabotage the American government. A 70-year-old man who is a father with grandchildren, with thin skin has control over all of the United States nuclear weapons, just ready and waiting for him to push the button. There is a vast difference between the last two presidents. Obama, an educated Black man who knows politics, and Trump, a no-good White real estate mogul who is faking like he knows politics. Trump is such a racist that he is dismantling years and years of treaties thinking he is hurting Obama’s presidential legacy. But in all actuality, Trump is making Obama’s legacy even stronger by showing how much Obama has accomplished. The question must be asked: Is President Trump competent enough to run the country? We could say he is on cloud nine. For a president or a man, the most dangerous thing you can get caught up in — besides ego — are insecurities. Our President thinks he is a vocabulary acrobat. Most Americans believe he is the Santa Ana windbag. President Trump has given the presidency a black eye. A president must be poised, gritty, and honest under pressure. But most importantly, he know how to respect and uphold the Constitution for all of his constituents. President Trump, the world has its eyes on you. With your petty tweets, childish tirades, and unwillingness to listen, you are acting like Boo Boo the fool instead of the President of the United States of America. Some politicians aren’t born a dog, but some will die as a dog and our president is on the path of dying a dog. Willie Johnson lives in South Minneapolis, MN
Lessons from the African American vote in Alabama By Dr. John Warren Contributing Commentator The African Americans who have convinced themselves that one vote doesn’t matter, should take a very close look at what happened during the recent special election in Alabama. In spite of the endorsement of President Donald Trump and the extremely conservative White voters who supported Roy Moore, Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate won the for the United States Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Jones was the first Democrat elected to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate in 25 years. How he won is very important to African Americans across this nation. Exit polls showed that 98 percent of African American women who voted supported Jones and 93 percent of African American men who voted chose the Democratic candidate. The Jones’ victory by 1.5 percent clearly shows that, without the Black vote, Jones wouldn’t have won the special election. Equally important is the fact that this degree of African American voter participation in an off-season special election, demonstrates what we can do,
when we choose to get involved. African Americans cannot allow “voter suppression” tactics, like additional photo identification requirements, to deter us from going to the polls. According to Nonprofit VOTE, “In all but two states, voting age citizens convicted of a felony are barred from voting for some period of time.” In Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Utah, the voting rights of returning citizens are restored automatically once they’re released. In Florida, Iowa, Kentucky and Virginia, ex-offenders are forced to petition the government to have their voting rights restored. African Americans are disproportionately affected by voter suppression tactics and laws that deny ex-felons the right to vote; that’s why we should be focused on “voter registration” and not candidate endorsements at this stage of the game. We cannot allow apathy and indifference to take the place of the hardwon battle for voter participation on the part of African Americans. Just as we rallied and vot-
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ed for President Barack Obama, we must rally and vote against the policies and political candidates promoted by the Trump Administration. We have to do whatever it takes to defeat those who would continue to support a system of economic inequality dressed up as tax reform that ultimately harms the majority of Americans. Jones’ victory in the special election in Alabama demonstrates that Black votes matter and that Black voters cast crucial votes in elections, where White voters are decidedly split; that’s the real lesson. We make our victories and define our value. Let’s not let others do that for us. Every Black vote counts and can make a difference in the Deep South and across the nation. Dr. John E. Warren is the publisher of the San Diego Voice and Viewpoint and a contributing writer for the NNPA Newswire specializing in intergovernmental affairs. Thanks to Dr. Warren and NNPA for this commentary.
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The New Jim Crow TargeTs LgBTQ ameriCaNs, Too By Rev. Irene Monroe Contributing Columnist Last week the U. S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the case “Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.” The case — which has many of us LGBTQ Americans on pins and needles — will litigate a baker’s rights to refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig, on the grounds of religious freedom enshrined in the First Amendment. If the case is decided in favor of the baker, Jack Phillips, it will be a colossal blow to civil rights gains and state nondiscrimination laws, legalizing denying services to LGBTQ Americans based on business owners’s religious belief. Trump’s solicitor general, Noel Francisco, suggested these businesses should hang anti-LGBTQ placards like “No Gays Allowed” warning us to stay away. When Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to clarify the president’s position on the matter at a White House Press Conference, she responded: “The president certainly supports religious liberty…I believe that would include that.” As a Black lesbian, with this Trump administration, I now feel like I am moving into a new Jim Crow era reestablishing discriminatory laws targeting LGBTQ Americans. I grew up knowing about racist placards that said “Colored Water Fountain,” “Waiting Room For Colored Only,” “We Serve Whites Only,” and “No N-word Allowed,” to name a few. Since Trump has taken office there has been an erosion of LGBTQ civil rights under the guise of religious liberty. For example, transgender Americans being denied access to public lavatories is eerily reminiscent of the country’s last century Jim Crow era denying African Americans access to lunch counters, water fountains, and, libraries, gas stations, theaters, and restrooms, to name a few. Signs that read “Whites only” prohibited entry. In Jim Crow America, restrooms were a hot-button issue, as they are today, and a battleground for equal treatment. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination based on national origin, race, hue, gender, and religion. The law mandated desegregation of all public accommodations, including bathrooms. The Obama administration expanded the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect LGBTQ Americans. However, in February, Trump’s administration revoked federal guidelines permitting transgender students from using “gender-appropriate facilities ” which aligned with their gender identity. This June Trump paid tribute to the 49 LGBTQ victims of last year’s Pulse Nightclub massacre, but failed to issue a proclamation for Pride Month. And, in July, LGBTQ Americans received a one-two punch from the Trump administration. The first punch was President Trump’s ban on transgender service members, eerily reminiscent of when the military did not want to integrate its ranks racially. In his inimitable style of communicating to the American public, the order came in the form of a tweet. Ironically, Trump’s tweet came on the 69th anniversary of President Harry Truman’s executive order desegregating the U. S. military in 1948. The second punch occurred on the same day of Trump’s ban. The Justice Department filed court papers citing Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bars discrimination in the workplace, but it does NOT bar discrimination based on
sexual orientation or gender identity. While Trump’s ban caught the Pentagon and Capitol Hill off guard, the announcement was enthusiastically applauded by numerous anti-LGBTQ hate groups across the country who have long advocated for it, promulgating the fear that healthcare services to our transgender troops would gravely hurt defense spending. In an ad by the Family Research Council, for example, Chelsea Manning was pictured next to a military jet with the question “Which one do you want our military to be spending your tax dollars on — transgender surgeries or equipment?” On December 11, a federal judge denied request of the Trump administration to delay enlistment deadline for transgender Americans into the military. They can enlist as early as January 1, 2018. I am immensely thankful as a married lesbian that I reside in Massachusetts, especially if Trump tries to overturn “Obergefell v. Hodges,” the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. However, that may not be the case for many LGBTQ married couples outside of my state. For example, in a Trumped-up Supreme Court there is talk among Christian evangelicals of walking “Obergefell v. Hodges” back without disrupting other precedents on marriage,” Rebecca Buckwaler-Poza wrote in the article “The End of Gay Rights” in the June issue of Pacific Standard magazine. “The Supreme Court can significantly undermine LGBT rights even without reversing a single case,” Buckwaler-Poza wrote. ”Right now, the federal prohibition against sex discrimination doesn’t bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; the Equal Protection Clause affords no specific protections for LGBT people, as it does for members of groups defined by race or nationality. The Court can strip the rights to intimacy and marriage of their meaning, carving away gradually and masking the magnitude of changes by phrasing them in arcane legal terms.” A movement for some time now has been afoot in state legislatures across the country to disenfranchise LGBTQ Americans. These bills are called “Religious Freedom Restoration Acts” (RFRA), and are a backlash to the growing acceptance of same-sex marriage and the growing fear of when the Supreme Court legalizes it nationwide. Since lawmakers used them to codify LGBTQ discrimination to justify denying us services on state and local levels, and Trump is in lock-step with these discriminatory practices, Jim Crow is already here. Rev. Irene Monroe is a Huffington Post blogger and freelance journalist.
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in force to protest the increase in gun violence, police violence, and a proposed increase in Metro Transit fares. This summer, Justine Damond was shot and killed by police. Her killing came on the heels of the not guilty verdict in the trial of Officer Jeronimo
Yanez, who fatally shot Philando Castile the previous summer. Peaceful protests blocked traffic on University Avenue and I-94 in St. Paul in reaction to the verdict. Protests continued in Minneapolis following Damond’s killing. The Metro Council proposed a fare hike that would adversely affect low-income, elderly and disabled people. People rallied, unsuccessfully, to protest the increased fare. There will certainly be more such unrest and protest in the
year to come, and our writers and photographers will be on the scene to help us record this history as it unfolds. This year, residents in North Minneapolis witnessed a renewed energy. Business was improving with new buildings erected and older buildings remodeled or expanded for established owners and newcomer entrepreneurs. NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center is extending its campus by teaming up with Thor Development, Minnesota’s
largest Black-owned construction company, and Estes Funeral Chapel. Appetite for Change, My North Market, Wirth Co-op and Green Garden Bakery, the latest venture created by teenaged entrepreneurs, offer healthy and nutritious options to local residents of one of the area’s most notorious food deserts. As we witness this year’s changes and anticipate those yet to come in the Twin Cities and across the country, we
sense with Tess Montgomery of Appetite For Change that “We’re on the brink of another Black consciousness movement.” If and when such a movement arises, the MSR intends to be there pursuing our enduring mission: “As it is spoken, let us record.” Judith Hence responses to recorder.com.
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Dot handles tough topic of Alzheimer’s with humor and realness al stage until they come home for Christmas. By Christmas, Dotty and Shelly have been coping through life for at least a year with the help of Fidel, a Craigslist-hired caregiver, played by Maxwell Collyard. Fidel is not certified in anything but has the experience of working with seniors. By this stage of Dotty’s Alzheimer’s, she needs fulltime care and Fidel comes in three days a week to give Shelly respite. Foundations have gotten onboard for this play nationally and locally: American Brain Foundation, Center for Memory & Aging, The Alzheimer’s Association and Volunteers of America Caregiver Program, to name a few. Members and association caregivers attended the play and participated in a December 14 panel discussion after the play. In the play’s press materials, Dan GasJasmine Hughes (left) plays Dotty’s youngest daughter Averie.
By Jonika Stowes Contributing Writer E.G. Bailey has experienced family dementia first-hand with his grandmother and then his aunt. Bailey said, “My aunt’s progression was really quick; she was diagnosed in the early stages of dementia in her late 50s and died within three years.” Born and raised in Liberia, Bailey moved to the United States at age 10 with his family. Bailey is the director of the popular play Dot running at Park Square Theatre in downtown St. Paul. His characters give off a sense of actual events and life experience. Dotty, the main character, played by Cynthia Jones-Taylor, faces the diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s, and family members are at various stages of accepting
by, a board member at American Brain Foundation, said, “Thank you to Park Square for choosing to produce this bold, sassy new play that brings us all into the very human story of Alzheimer’s. Park Square’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and to stories that reveal and celebrate the whole human family is more important than ever.” Dot runs until January 7 at Park Square Theatre. Go to http://parksquaretheatre.org for show times. Jonika Stowes welcomes reader responses to email@example.com.
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her condition. Dotty’s daughter Shelly is played by Yvette Ganier, who adds to an already extensive acting career. She’s played parts in Broadway plays, The Miracle Worker and King Hedley II (understudy), and has acted on television shows All My Children, Third Watch, The Handler and many more, spreading her talents between stage, film and television. The MSR sat down with a few cast members before they displayed their talents on the big stage. Gainer, Jones-Taylor, Maxwell Collyard, Ricardo Beaird and Anna Letts Lakin, took the time to speak with MSR about real-life family experiences with dementia and some of the effects it’s had in their performances. The cast has talked to each other throughout rehearsals to figure
out which one of three stages Dotty is experiencing in her progression of Alzheimer’s. Beaird said, “Coming from the Black community, we don’t name it as Alzheimer’s; it’s just that person is getting old or has lost their mind. Being from the South, there’s always an aunt who’s in her room all the time, gets her food brought to her, and not really part of the family because of brain deterioration.” Ganier says she hasn’t had any family members with dementia and has never experienced it first hand, but her character Shelly has, as the caregiver who’s around her mother at the time of diagnosis and struggles to juggle her life with her mother’s condition. Shelly is also given the daunting task of helping her siblings come to grips and understand what is happening, as both stay in the deni-
Cynthia Jones-Taylor as Dotty
BOOK REVIEW: Policing the Black Man
Angela J. Davis
Arts No Chaser Dwight Hobbes
You have to believe it’s hard to go wrong with a book enthusiastically endorsed by Toni Morrison, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. or Walter Mosley, never mind
Courtesy of Pantheon Books all three, and your money’s safe betting on a copy of Policing the Black Man (Pantheon Books). Edited by American University Law Professor Angela J. Davis, eleven incisive essays, including her own “The Prosecution of Black Men,” cast unsparing light on the grimly entrenched, institutionalized and quite legal lynching of this society’s most feared and despised target of bigotry. It’s not ISIS or any other sworn foreign enemy, but citizens withstanding outright racial hatred from police departments, which is then upheld by the courts. This isn’t academic, barely comprehensible language verging on gobbledygook, but intelligent, thoughtful, hard-hitting fare easy to read as it is fluidly artic-
ulate. Roger A. Fairfax, Jr.’s “The Grand Jury and Police Violence Against Black Men,” holds to account a crucial process seldom considered, much less scrutinized, that theoretically shields the in-
free with a literal license to kill. “This history,” Fairfax states, “is crucial to understanding the role grand jury plays in...Contemporary cases of police violence.” Starting with, he points out, that grand juries once did
He highlights the deaths of Freddie Brown (Baltimore), Michael Brown (Ferguson, Missouri), Eric Garner (NYC), Walter Scott (North Charleston, SC), 12-year-old Tamir Rice (Cleveland) and 17-year-old Laquan McDonald (Chicago). Police palm off killing Black men as done in the line of duty, and grand juries let them walk. Civil protest and media coverage had no impact on the still sustained practice. Fairfax outlines a clear-cut solution, calling for grand jury accountability, integrity and objectivity, but hardly holds his breath awaiting that day. “Boys to Men: The Role of Policing in the Socialization of Black Boys” is Kristen’s Henning’s impassioned indictment of police and the society sanctioning their abuse. She observes that going overboard to punish Black teens for the boys-willbe-boys mischief tolerated, for that matter, expected of Whites, gives them criminal records early and makes it tough for them to have any-
[The system] rapes boys of their innocence, turning them into men who resort to criminality as their lot in life. nocent from persecution masked as prosecution. Actually, it works the other way around, even against White citizens, so, Black suspects have a snowball’s chance facing what Fairfax calls a rubber stamping. Cops, though, skate. Police virtually hunt the unarmed, consequence
stand between Black men and being railroaded, particularly by southern kangaroo courts. Which was then. This is now, when, “Recent egregious examples of police violence against African American males have brought the issue to the forefront of the American consciousness,” states Fairfax.
thing but a hard life headed for more trouble and, it goes without saying, prison. “Black boys,” she notes, “are policed like no one else, not even Black men. [Society is] uniquely afraid of Black boys.” Rice’s tragedy, she cites, “is significant for [its] devaluing life [and] the message it sends. Youths’ expe-
riences and perceptions of fairness and justice...may have substantial impact on their risk of...dangerous and hostile encounters with police as they transition into adulthood.” Being mistreated fosters mistrust and wizened anger cum cynical rage at a system that, personified by police, targets them simply because they’re Black. It rapes boys of their innocence, turning them into men who resort to criminality as their lot in life. Henning is exhaustive in laying out the problem and suggests a sensible but unrealistic solution — that police and courts stop seeing all young Black males as thugs in training. That would require viewing them as human beings no less inherently criminal than young Whites. From the street, through the system up to the Supreme Court, these essays cover vital ground in laying bare the very flesh and bones of exactly why and how Black men are at peril as never before, save the days of dragging them out of homes and stringing them up from trees. It would be fascinating to see such a treatment of the state of things for Black girls and women. Meanwhile, Policing the Black Man stands as a landmark achievement. Dwight Hobbes welcomes reader responses to P.O. Box 50357, Mpls., 55403.
December 28, 2017 — January 3,2018
Editor’s Note: This story originally ran May of 2017. We are re-publishing it to honor the memory of Arnellia Allen, who passed away December 21, 2017. See this week’s Community page for more on Ms.Allen’s passing and legacy.
Friends of Arnellia’s bid the club farewell
By Ivan B. Phifer Contributing Writer
hortly after the one-year anniversary of the death of Prince Rogers Nelson, another bittersweet feeling resides in the Minnesota music scene, as well as in the Black business community. Hundreds of people in the Twin Cities called Arnellia Allen “Momma.” For 25 years, Arnellia’s club was a home for good music, good friends and good food. Dubbed the “Apollo” of the Twin Cities and across Minnesota, many hometown musicians performed at the establishment, including — but not limited to — Kevin Johnson, Ray Covington, Debbie Duncan, The Maxx Band, Sounds of Blackness, Alexander O’Neal, and even the world-renowned artist and hometown legend Prince. To celebrate and thank Arnellia for 25 years of business and service in the community, regular performers such as Code Sweat, Backbeat Reunion, Debbie Duncan, Tina The Vocalist, Truth Spoken Word Artist, and Willie Walker, among others, gave their final performances with a four-day celebration April 27 through April 30. Arnellia started the business in 1987 with a partner; they opened the bar and restaurant as Metro Bar and Grill on Robert and 7th Streets in downtown St. Paul. In 1992, Metro Bar & Grill relocated to University Avenue. Shortly after the business opened in the new location, Arnellia bought the business from her partner. The monumental achievement in this respect was that Arnellia Allen became the first African American woman in St. Paul to own a liquor license and nightclub. “At that time, individuals had to buy the license from previous business owners. After she…bought [the license], city hall changed the law where [each year] she had to buy a license from the City. She lost the value of her license at that point,” said Jerry Allen, her son. Although it started out slow, word of the club quickly spread, especially Arnellia’s sister Mary (front) and members of Arnellia’s staff in the Midway area of St. Paul. working one of their last shifts “I live in St Paul, right down the street,” said Lauren Mitchell, a regular patron of Arnellia’s. “Coming up here on a here a couple times, and did the signifying monFriday night was awesome. Every Friday night, I key performance too,” said Jerry Allen. “This [Arnellia’s] is our legend, and to have couldn’t wait to get off work and celebrate with a cocktail. [The place] would be packed! We would somebody come in and change it will be hard,” Mitchell soberly stated. “I’m not going to come in leave at 9:30 and everything would be just fine.” Mitchell has supported Arnellia’s since it first here and listen to country western music. These opened as Metro Bar & Grill. Her most vivid ex- keyboards belong to her; this is her name every perience, however, was her personal relationship time we come up University. I’m not going to be looking in this direction as much, if at all. It’s gowith Arnellia herself. “We both served on the Aurora St. Anthony ing to be a big loss.” Publisher Tracey Williams-Dillard, of board helping out the community,” Mitchell told the MSR. “We don’t work on the board anymore, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, shared the but we always talked about it every time I came sentiment. Williams-Dillard often held Sister Spokesman networking events at Arnellia’s. back to visit.” Mitchell said she doesn’t go out too much, but “No matter what I came and asked her to do, she “Arnellia’s was a place where you could get live would open her doors for me. She’s always been there for the community.” music.” Williams-Dillard, who had recently heard Now 79 years of age, Arnellia established an empire that gave many local performers a plat- Arnellia’s described as one of only 10 Blackform to showcase their talent, and where some owned businesses in Minnesota, sadly comhave even gotten their start as regular perform- mented that although she knows there are more ers of blues, reggae, gospel, R&B, jazz, neo-soul, than 10, there are still far too few. “We cannot afford to lose those Black businesses we do have. spoken word and hip hop. “The R&B was cool,” said Jerry, “but the rap, We’re not just losing a nightclub; we are losing a unfortunately, the young people didn’t know part of our community that is not easily filled.” Well-wishers who gave remarks of apprehow to act.” The showcase was not limited to just local acts ciation included members of Arnellia’s staff — there were national acts as well, including and MSR Publisher/CEO Tracey Williams-DilBobby Blue Band, Shirley Murdock, and Zapp. lard who regularly held Sister Spokesman events “My favorite was Lenny Williams [from Tower at the club. Some people could not understand why Sisof Power],” Jerry Allen recalled. “Unfortunately, I was at my son’s baseball game. They called ter Spokesman would be held in a bar. Williamsme [from the bar] when he was singing “Cause Dillard’s response: “Do you know Arnellia’s is I Love You.” That’s the one I really regret miss- the only African American club in the state of Minnesota? Why would I not! We don’t have a ing.” Dolomite also made an appearance. “He was lot of people in a position to step up and open a
Photos by Steve Floyd business. This is a sad day.” The news of Arnellia’s closing spread rapidly through many media and social outlets. Arnellia decided to close the club after she was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. “Right now, she says she’s not in any pain and still likes to make her trips to the casino,” said her son. “She has a lot of people [helping her]. A lot of her friends have been coming over. We had to get the carpet cleaned a few times.” To support her through this difficult time, close friends such as Tyrone Terrell (who spoke on the final day alongside NAACP St. Paul Chapter President Dianne Binns) and community activist
Spike Moss organized a booth on Sunday afternoon where people could buy dinner that would be brought to her house each Sunday. “Everything she has done is coming back to her,” Jerry Allen said. In 2015, Arnellia was honored with the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association’s Tavern of The Year award. She also received a Humanitarian Award on April 29 by the Queen of Sheba Prince Hall Affiliation. “It’s a good lesson not to be so selfish,” said Jerry Allen. “You’ll never know when it will come back to you.” Ivan Phifer welcomes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Beloved nightspot owner, Arnellia Allen, dies at 79 By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer
hether you have ever stepped into Arnellia’s to enjoy a meal, have a drink or to catch live music, the Twin Cities establishment’s popularity was matched by a beloved regard for owner-proprietor Arnellia Allen a/k/a “Momma.” More than merely a nightclub/restaurant to gather for a good time, it was dating back a quarter-century, a St. Paul cornerstone as culturally historic as the nearby Rondo neighborhood and just as synonymous with the Black community’s rich heritage. As well as a successful businesswoman, she was a down-toearth, warm-hearted, good-natured lady who earned her affectionate nickname by not putting profit ahead of caring for people. Her beginnings were modest, growing up in rural Lena, Mississippi, helping her sharecropper parents raise cotton and tend to livestock along with 14 brothers and sisters. She struck out for St. Paul in 1957, where she had two sons and took up work at a paper factory. As a single mom, she waited tables and tended bar in the evenings to make ends meet. Eventually, she learned of a liquor license for sale and invested her life savings in the Metro Bar and Grill (downtown St. Paul). The building was converted into office space in 1992, so she opened Arnellia’s in the city’s Midway area. The rest is Twin Cities’ history.
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Other venues have seen great success with a rich variety of acts, but Arnellia’s specialized in soul, deservedly termed the Twin Cities answer to Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater. Music genres ranged from blues, reggae, gospel, R&B, jazz, neo-soul, spoken word to hip hop. The popular nightspot drew to its stage artists of national renown, including Prince (a frequent patron who once borrowed a guitar to jam with the musicians), Sounds of Blackness, Bobby Blue Bland, Alexander O’Neal as well as humorists Rudy Ray Moore (Dolomite) and Melanie Camacho (The Jamie Foxx Show). It sustained such local luminaries as Debbie Duncan, Ray Covington, Kevin Johnson and Fancy Ray McCloney. In April, upon the club’s closing due to Allen’s failing health, regular performers and guests returned in tribute to her years of enterprise in and service to the community. Among them were Tracey Williams-Dillard, MSR publisher and CEO, who frequently hosted Sister Spokesman gatherings at the club; and Duncan, Code Sweat, Backbeat Reunion, Tina The Vocalist, Truth Maze and Willie Walker, in a four-day celebration April 27 through April 30, the night before the doors closed for good. Arnellia Allen was 79.
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ORDER FOR SERVICE BY ALTERNATIVE MEANS In Re - the Marriage of: Wilter Asiago, Petitioner and Sidney M. Dishmon, Respondent THE STATE OF MINNESOTA TO THE ABOVE-NAMED RESPONDENT: WARNING: YOUR SPOUSE (HUSBAND OR WIFE) HAS FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST YOU FOR DISSOLUTION OF YOUR MARRIAGE. A COPY OF THE PAPERWORK REGARDING THE LAWSUIT IS SERVED ON YOU WITH THIS SUMMONS. THIS SUMMONS IS AN OFFICIAL DOCUMENT FROM THE COURT THAT AFFECTS YOUR RIGHTS. READ THIS SUMMONS CAREFULLY. IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND IT, CONTACT AN ATTORNEY FOR LEGAL ADVICE. 1. The Petitioner, (your spouse) has filed a lawsuit against you asking for dissolution of your marriage (divorce). A copy of the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is attached to this Summons. 2. You must serve upon Petitioner and file with the Court a written Answer to the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, and you must pay the required filing fee. Answer forms are available from the Family Law Facilitator Program, Family Court Self Help Center located in the Family Justice Center, 110 South Fourth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401. You must serve your Answer upon Petitioner within thirty (30) days of the date you were served with this Summons, not counting the day of service. If you do not serve and file your Answer, the Court may give your spouse everything he or she is asking for in the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. 3. This proceeding does not involve real property. NOTICE OF TEMPORARY RESTRAINING PROVISIONS: Under Minnesota law, service of this summons makes the following requirements apply to both parties to the action, unless they are modified by the Court or the proceeding is dismissed: (1) Neither party may dispose of any assets except (A) for the necessities of life or for the necessary generation of income or preservation of assets, (B) by an agreement of the parties in writing, or (C) for retaining counsel to carry on or to contest this proceeding. (2) Neither party may harass the other party. (3) All currently available insurance coverage must be maintained and continued without change in coverage or beneficiary designation. (4) Parties to a marriage dissolution proceeding are encouraged to attempt alternative dispute resolution pursuant to Minnesota law. Alternative dispute resolution includes mediation, arbitration and other processes as set forth in the district court rules. You may contact the Court Administrator about resources in your area. If you cannot pay for mediation or alternative dispute resolution, in some counties, assistance may be available to you through a nonprofit provider of a court program. If you are a victim of domestic abuse or threats as defined in Minnesota statutes, Chapter 518B, you are not required to try mediation and you will not be penalized by the Court in later proceedings. IF YOU VIOLATE ANY OF THESE PROVISIONS, YOU WILL BE SUBJECT TO SANCTIONS BY THE COURT.
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OF YOUR MARRIAGE. A COPY OF THE PAPERWORK REGARDING THE LAWSUIT IS SERVED ON YOU
TORNEY FOR LEGAL ADVICE. 1. The Petitioner, (your spouse) has filed a lawsuit against you asking for dissolution of your marriage (divorce). A copy of the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is attached to this Summons. 2. You must serve upon Petitioner and file with the Court a written Answer to the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, and you must pay the required filing fee. Answer forms are available from the Family Law Facilitator Program, Family Court Self Help Center located in the Family Justice Center, 110 South Fourth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401. You must serve your Answer upon Petitioner within thirty (30) days of the date you were served with this Summons, not counting the day of service. If you do not serve and file your Answer, the Court may give your spouse everything he or she is asking for in the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. 3. This proceeding does not involve real property. NOTICE OF TEMPORARY RESTRAINING PROVISIONS: Under Minnesota law, service of this summons makes the following requirements apply to both parties to the action, unless they are modified by the Court or the proceeding is dismissed: (1) Neither party may dispose of any assets except (A) for the necessities of life or for the necessary generation of income or preservation of assets, (B) by an agreement of the parties in writing, or (C) for retaining counsel to carry on or to contest this proceeding. (2) Neither party may harass the other party. (3) All currently available insurance coverage must be maintained and continued without change in coverage or beneficiary designation. (4) Parties to a marriage dissolution proceeding are encouraged to attempt alternative dispute resolution pursuant to Minnesota law. Alternative dispute resolution includes mediation, arbitration and other processes as set forth in the district court rules. You may contact the Court Administrator about resources in your area. If you cannot pay for mediation or alternative dispute resolution, in some counties, assistance may be available to you through a nonprofit provider of a court program. If you are a victim of domestic abuse or threats as defined in Minnesota statutes, Chapter 518B, you are not required to try mediation and you will not be penalized by the Court in later proceedings. IF YOU VIOLATE ANY OF THESE PROVISIONS, YOU WILL BE SUBJECT TO SANCTIONS BY THE COURT. Date: 12/15/2017 Signed: Wendy Albizu MN Spokesman-Recorder, December 21 & 28, 2017 and January 4, 2018
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30 league-related pieces this year included the three Black women who filled three WNBA head coaching vacancies after the 2016 season, a rare feat in pro sport. We also introduced this year three multi-part series: “Forgotten,” “Diversity Conundrum” and “Greatness.” Former Atlanta sports talk host Doug Stewart was among our “Forgotten” subjects. “I’m all right, but it’s been over four years” since he and brother Ryan were the highest-rated show in Atlanta radio and was once syndicated as well. Former Gopher coach Clem Haskins and his 1996-97 team was highlighted in “The Last Big Ten champion” column on its 20th year anniversary run to the Final Four semifinals in March 1997. “The majority of my players who played for me I think I got the most of their ability and [they] reached their full potential playing for me,” the coach told us from his Kentucky home, who admitted that he wasn’t aware that two decades have gone by since that run. “The Jackie Robinsons of the NFL” was on Kenny Wash-
ington and Woody Strode who in 1946 integrated the NFL, as well as Halley Harding and a group of Black sportswriters. The Los Angeles Rams “don’t admit to the fact that they had to get pushed to do it,” author Gretchen Atwood told us in a phone interview — her book Lost Champions chronicles the overlooked events. The “Only One” this year returned again with new “episodes.” We searched for Black fans at hockey and baseball games and non-connected Black fans (not related to players or friends of the players) at college football games this season. We criticized press boxes as becoming more like coffee shops where everything but covering the live game occurs. And we quizzed Blacks at a St. Paul Saints game on who was Larry Doby and why was the team honoring him — only one of 10 Blacks we asked knew of the first Black player in the American League. “If you’re a baseball fan, you got to know who Larry Doby is,” Saints Co-Owner Mike Veeck stressed. His father Bill Veeck signed Doby from the Negro Leagues to play for his Cleveland club. Our “Gopher 100” series this year featured gymnasts, a baseball player, and two Gophers who worked as interns at two downtown Minneapo-
lis locations, among others. We kept our diversity spotlight on locally and nationally as well throughout the year. Both the Twins and the Wolves made diversity inroads by hiring Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins as baseball operations special assistants and John Thomas as community engagement vice-president, respectively. A Minnesota State Legislature committee this spring published a report that found the MSR was the leader in women’s sports coverage over the Star Tribune, Duluth News Tribune and Sports Illustrated by a wide margin during the month of March, college sport’s busiest month. Lynx Coach Cheryl Reeve made it known, first during a speaking engagement and then in a Star Tribune Sunday edition, that over a one-week span only one reporter — this reporter in this town — covered her team in a deserving fashion. An annual look back prior to the start of the New Year gives one a brief pause. But there always are more storylines to fill our two columns non-stop each week for our readers. Charles Hallman welcomes reader responses to challman@ spokesman-recorder.com.
front office as part owner. As we all know, Saunders died three years ago of Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. Saunders’ sudden passing really hurt the franchise; Minnesota had lost its leader. Taylor hired Sam Mitchell as interim head coach, but after one year fired him. Moving away from Garnett and all that Saunders had put in place, Taylor hired Tom Thibodeau as president and head coach. Taylor has never spoken about Garnett or why he was no longer around. Garnett never officially retired either as a Timberwolves player and never received the respect he deserved for what he did here as a player both times. Garnett said recently he wants to own the Timberwolves and did not want to be a partner with Taylor. That would indicate some issues or agreements that were not fulfilled. I think Taylor owes us an explanation. He should consider opening up about how Saunders’ death changed the direction of the franchise. What was Garnett promised when he returned with Saunders? Garnett’s jersey has not been retired. He has never been recog-
nized by this organization or Taylor for all he has done for all those years. Why is that? I know it’s business, but both sides are not talking. The Timberwolves are the only franchise with no players who have ever been recognized for contributing to the growth of the franchise — no ring of honor, no retired jerseys. Taylor needs to invite Garnett back and work through the issues and set the record straight on what happened after Saunders died. What ended Garnett’s return as a Timberwolves player so abruptly, and what had he agreed to with the team? I know Garnett has made $300 million or more over his remarkable career, but we need to hear from Taylor what went down and why Garnett feels jilted. Taylor, you at least owe us all that. Larry Fitzgerald can be heard weekday mornings on KMOJ Radio 89.9 FM at 8:25 am, on WDGY-AM 740 Monday-Friday at 12:17 pm and 4:17 pm, and at www. Gamedaygold.com. He also commentates on sports 7-8 pm on Almanac (TPT channel 2). Follow him on Twitter at FitzBeatSr. Larry welcomes reader responses to info@ larry-fitzgerald.com, or visit www.Larry-Fitzgerald.com.
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former superstar connects to his family’s legacy. Former coach honored at Minneapolis North (February 22) Cliff Brown made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. I knew that he was to be honored for his career as an assistant coach at Minneapolis North with Head Coach Robin Ingram in the 1990s, during which the duo led the Polars to three consecutive state championships from 1995-97. Adrienne Richardson signs with Florida State (February 8) For senior Adrienne Richardson, the dedication and hard work were well worth it. The Tartan senior, who quietly developed into one of the top girls’ soccer players in the country, signed a national letter of intent with Florida State University (FSU) last Wednesday as friends and family looked on.
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Plenty of good storylines filled our sports columns in 2017 The coverage of another Lynx championship run earns our top-of-the-list status
Sports odds and ends 2017 was not a bucket list sports year, but in so many ways it wasn’t any less memorable for that reason. Both “Another View” and “Sports Odds and Ends,” the two columns I am responsible for filCharles ing each week, once again hallman stayed true to our overall mission to avoid game stories in favor of other sports-related news and information. Our first “View” of 2017 featured Rachel Banham as only the second Black female basketball player at Minnesota to have her jersey put in the Williams Arena rafters. “That’s something I can tell my kids,” she told us. We used the same column to continue our campaign for the school to duly honor our late senior columnist Kwame McDonald in a meaningful and lasting way. McDonald has done more in this town than any other local media person can attest
to, such as personally counselling Blacks to attend and stay at the University of Minnesota, and he set the standard for real women’s sports coverage. Our first SOE of 2017 spotlighted Minneapolis native Nia Coffey, who was in town to play the Gophers in her last trip as a collegiate at Northwestern. She joined Minneapolis native Jenna Smith as Big Ten players with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for their career. It’s hard to rank columns, especially over 100 of them, but certainly the best professional team in town, the Minnesota Lynx, which I have covered during its entire existence, has earned our top-of-the-list status. Their successful championship run gave our readers plenty of storylines. What could top the best three minutes of sport that I witnessed in the 2016 WNBA Finals between Minnesota and Los Angeles but another five-game epic battle against the league’s top two clubs this year? At the start of the fifth and deciding game in Williams Arena, both teams scored the exact same number of total points.
But unlike a year ago, the final result went to the host Lynx. We capped our 2017 Lynx coverage with “Tribute to a dynasty” in “Sports Odds and Ends.” Minnesota joined Boston and the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA, NHL’s Montreal, the New York Yan-
kees of Major League Baseball, and the old Cleveland Browns of the NFL as franchises that reached consecutive finals in multiple seasons. We also talked to each member of the Lynx’s history-making nucleus, hugely responsible for four championships in seven years. “Getting here is not easy!” exclaimed forward Rebekkah Brunson, now the only WNBA player with five titles on her resume. “I’m happy to be able to share this with these women.” “We did everything we could to prepare, and it paid off,” said forward Maya Moore, who won Sports Illustrated’s first Sportsperson of the Year earlier this month. “We made it, man,” added center Sylvia Fowles, the first player to win three MVP awards in the same year (regular season, finals and Chinese league). “Here we are speaking in the same breath with Sheryl Swoopes and Cynthia Cooper and the great [Houston] Comets team,” guard Seimone Augustus pointed out. “They motivated every one of us [to] want to be here.” “I feel it was cemented,” guard Lindsay Whalen told us the day after game five on the Lynx’s now dynasty status. Last year’s “20 in 20” WNBA series was replaced this year with “In The W.” Our nearly ■ See SOE/ViEw on page 9
Sylvia Fowles (above) and Lindsay Whalen (below) during the Championship game. Photos by Chris Juhn
(l-r) Maya Moore, Sylvia Fowles, Seimone Augustus, Rebekah Brunson, and (c) Lindsay Whalen
Glen Taylor owes us an explanation!
Kevin Garnett wants to own the Timberwolves. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, Minnesota’s own, is the most no-secret-here popular owner in town. He owns the Star Tribune newspaper also. Since he has owned the Timberwolves, however, it’s been hit and miss. What have you done lately? Thirteen years in a row the team has missed the playoffs while his investment in the team has
grown by leaps and bounds. Taylor has been chairman of the NBA Board of Governors. He has even been fined by David Stearn for his role in the fraud case of Joe Smith many years ago. He hired Kevin McHale and Flip Saunders in 1995, many years ago, and the Timberwolves were actually relevant for a while. They even made the playoffs seven or eight years in a row. They drafted this high school kid from Chicago, Kevin Garnett, who turned out to be one of the NBA’s greatest stars. In fact, he is the only Timberwolves player who was selected the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. The guy played for 20 years. The Timberwolves even traded him to Boston, and he led the Celtics to an NBA championship and to the NBA finals twice. Five years ago Taylor hired Saunders again, this time as part owner and head coach. Saunders had a master plan to help Taylor save his struggling franchise. Saunders made a deal that included bringing Garnett, the franchise’s greatest player, back to Minnesota. Garnett was with the Brooklyn Nets at the time. He agreed to return to Minnesota to play even though it was clearly at the end of incredible career and with the intent to eventually transition into the ■ See Fitz on page 9
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Tavey Shaw-Martin (l) and Deedee Conwell Former prep stars and current player give Lynx nothing but praise (October 11) After watching the Minnesota Lynx capture their fourth WNBA championship this decade — winning their previous three in 2011, ‘13 and ‘15 — former girls’ basketball prep stars Tamara Moore, Tamara Moore Carolyn Blair-Mobley, Photo courtesy of Getty Images Rikiee Ellis, Tyrai Ross and Dee Buford, as well as former Golden Gophers player CrysWith North championship, tal Flint and current prep playTamara Moore ‘finally out er Taylor-Tidwell, had nothing of the shadow of the boys’ but positive things to say about (November 29) Tamara Moore, one of the the team’s accomplishment. most decorated high school basketball players in Minneso- Jimmy Lee Football Camp a sucta history who went on to an cess (July 4) Former NFL player and Creoutstanding college and WNBA career, was inducted into tin Derham Hall football alum the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.
Phil Archer was very positive as the third and final day of the third annual Jimmy Lee Football Camp concluded at Jimmy Lee Recreation Center last week. “It was a great turnout,” the former linebacker said. “We averaged between 100-130 kids per day. It was a good camp.” Coaching experience connects to family legacy (April 12) A couple of weeks ago I forgot to acknowledge a very important member of a prep basketball family legacy in a column about a state championship team. I had to go back to my first coaching experience 25 years ago to be able to explain how this ■ See PrEP on page 9
Shaw-Martin and Conwell give back to St. Paul Johnson (November 25) Former St. Paul Johnson basketball standout and Deedee Conwell wanted to do something positive to bring awareness to player Tavey ShawMartin and the recent violence that has dominated the Eastside community. With that, the Stop the Violence Basketball Clinic / Cliff Brown (l) and Makram El-Amin Photos by Mitchell Palmer McDonald Alumni Game was born. (except where noted)
INSIDE: A special year-end review of stories that graced the MSR pages in 2017; community says goodbye to legendary clubowner Arnelia Allen...
Published on Dec 28, 2017
INSIDE: A special year-end review of stories that graced the MSR pages in 2017; community says goodbye to legendary clubowner Arnelia Allen...