Get to Know Minneapolis' Black Community

Black culture, heritage and history has been instrumental in making Minneapolis the city it is today. We recognize the importance of sharing the voices and stories of our Black community, now at this pivotal moment in history and always. Here are some resources to help learn about and continue to support Black lives in Minneapolis.



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Learn more about how Meet Minneapolis is dedicated to speaking up for social justice and read a statement from Meet Minneapolis CEO, Melvin Tennant.

Remembering George Floyd and Support for the BLM Movement

On May 25th, 2020, George Floyd was killed while in custody of the Minneapolis police. This incident has forever changed the city of Minneapolis and shed light on the injustices that are being faced by black people every day. As the city faces these challenges there is a focus on growth and racial healing through the support of the Black Lives Matter Movement and memorializing George Floyd.

Minneapolis Black Community History

The Minneapolis Black community has achieved major accomplishments throughout history but has also had to do so while enduring struggles with inequality. Learning about these historical narratives within our community plays a central role in understanding Minneapolis as a city.

Support Black-Owned Businesses

Black-owned businesses need your support and Minneapolis is filled with plenty of opportunities to do so.

Stories From the Black Community

From innovators who are trying to make waves in their industry to how our local businesses and neighborhoods are evolving, these are the stories that need to be heard from our Black community.

Organizations to Support and Places to Donate

  • Al Maa’uun: partner with neighboring organizations, faith communities and individuals to meet the needs of North Minneapolis neighborhoods.
  • Black Women Speak: aims to give voice and create community amongst Black Women intergenerationally; through the arts, wellness and education
  • Black Table Arts: Gathering Black communities through the arts, towards better Black futures.
  • Minnesota Voice: working toward permanent change in racial, social, and economic justice by increasing civic engagement and voter participation across the state, especially focused in underrepresented communities; making sure that every Minnesotans’ voice is heard, and the state reflects the values of its people.
  • Black Visions Collective: believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and are in the right relationship within their ecosystems.

Page Contributors

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Augustus Isaac

While on my journey as a photographer, I have developed a direct connection to time, peace, and freedom. These are the things that inspire me to create every day. My photography is a reflection of who I am. I want to capture the world from a new perspective. I want to show the beauty of the world with my photos, and inspire the viewer to see the world with new focus and vision.

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Mecca Bos

Mecca Bos is a longtime Twin Cities based food writer and professional chef. Her work can be found locally and nationally and on her Patreon page, patreon.com/meccabos. She specializes in stories about women, people of color, and especially Black people working in the food industry. She loves a cheap wine paired with a good taco.

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