By 1960, one third of Minneapolis’ African Americans lived in Near North. The Near North community of Minneapolis—made up of the neighborhoods of Harrison, Hawthorne, Jordan, Near North, Sumner-Glenwood, and Willard-Hay—remains a hub of African American Minnesotan life in the twenty-first century. Learn more about the area and how it developed.
From the 1930s to the 1970s, an African American neighborhood flourished on the city’s Southside, between East Thirty-Fourth and Forty-Sixth Streets and from Nicollet Avenue to Chicago Avenue. Read more about how this area of Minneapolis developed and what it looks like today.
Fifty years ago, Plymouth Avenue in Minneapolis went up in flames. The racial tensions that led to violent demonstrations around the country in the summer of 1967 spread to the city's north side. Hear from people who were there, and what they had to say about this monumental moment of unrest.
Degrees of Freedom: The Origins of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865-1912
Author: William D. Green About: The True Story, and the black citizen behind the evolution of racial equality in Minnesota
Voices of Rondo: Oral Histories of Saint Paul’s Historic Black Community
Author: As Told to Kate Cavett, Forward By David Vassar Taylor About: A look at the historic Rondo neighborhood of Saint Paul through the eyes of thirty-three former residents
Nellie Francis: Fighting for Racial Justice and Women’s Equality in Minnesota
Author: William D. Green About: The life and work of an African American suffragist and activist devoted to equality and freedom
Children of Lincoln: White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota, 1860-1876
Author: William D. Green About: How white advocates of emancipation abandoned African American causes in the dark days of Reconstruction, told through the stories of four Minnesotans
A Peculiar Imbalance: The Fall and Rise of Racial Equality in Minnesota, 1837-1869
Author: William D. Green About: The untold story of what it meant to be a Black member of early Minnesota society
What do we mean when we say “Black Liberation” and the “Black Liberation Movement”? What are the catalysts for these movements historically and how have they been met in Minnesota and in the US? Join distinguished University of St. Thomas professor Dr. Yohuru Williams and a panel of Black history-keepers as they chart the evolution of Black protest in Minnesota and on a national scale, from slavery through today.
The Star Tribune along with peers (and admirers) in the Black community put together a list of 30 Black music makers from Minnesota you should know. Listed chronologically, these acts became Minnesota’s ambassadors to the rest of the world, or reshaped things in our state.