Author Talk Dr. William D. Green

Dr. William Green

Degrees of Freedom: The Origins of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865-1912

The true story, and the black citizens, behind the evolution of racial equality in Minnesota.

Spanning the half-century after the Civil War, Degrees of Freedom draws a rare picture of black experience in a northern state and of the nature of black discontent and action within a predominantly white, ostensibly progressive society.

Dr. William D. Green

Dr. William Dr. Green is professor of history at Augsburg College. He has published articles, op-ed pieces, and book chapters on history, law, and education, and he has published two books on race and civil rights in Minnesota history – A Peculiar Imbalance in Early Minnesota: 1837-1869, and Degrees of Freedom: The Origin of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865-1914, which won the 2015 Minnesota Book Award-Hognander Prize. He is presently working a hirstoy of Minnesota during the period of the Civil war and Reconstruction.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Black Communities Project and Hennepin County Library. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

Saturday, September 16th, 2-3pm

Doty Board Room (2nd Floor) – Minneapolis Central Library

Celebrating Our Black Medical Community

Black medical community eventSaturday, February 18th, 11-1:30pm 2016
Minneapolis Central Library – Doty Board Rm, 2nd Floor

In celebration of Black History Month, we are honoring the achievements of Minnesota’s Black Medical Community past and present. Included in this presentation will be a tribute to the legendary Brown family physicians, a trio of Black physicians that collectively practiced medicine in Minneapolis from 1890 – 1991. The distiguished Crutchfield family physicians will lead a panel discussion focused on sharing their experiences of being practicing physicions serving Minnesota for more than five decades to the present. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

The presentation is sponsored by Minnesota’s Black Community Project – a Minnesota non-profit organization that publically acknowleges and celebrates the accomplishments of Blacks in Minnesota past and present – along with the Hennepin County Library and the Minnesota Association of Black Physicians. Entertainment will be provided by the George Scott Trio. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information regarding this presentation contact Anthony Scott at: anthony.scott@comcast.net

Mapping Prejudice: Tracing the History of Racist Real Estate Covenants in Minneapolis

Mapping prejudice in Minneapolis

Through much of the 20th century real estate deeds and sales practices denied African-Americans from residential areas in many parts of Minneapolis. This was a common practice throughout the United States and is a principal factor in wealth disparities by race. Researchers from Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota have compiled a large record of information tracing this practice. This presentation will describe their findings and the profound impact it had and continues to have on our society.

Mapping prejudice is part of a broader effort to examine the complex legacies of racist housing policies, inspired by groundbreaking work in other cities that show how digital tools can illuminate structural racism and transform our understanding of the past.

Volunteers are needed to help with the project.

This presentation is co-sponsored y Minnesota’s Black Community Project and Hennepin County Library.

Wednesday, November 8th, 7-8pm
Doty Board Room (2nd Floor) – Minneapolis Central Library

A Tribute to Walter R. Scott

Walter R. Scott Event

Saturday, February 20th, 2016 – 11am-1pm
Minneapolis Central Library – Doty Board Rm, 2nd Floor

In celebration of Black History Month, we are honoring the late Walter R. Scott St., a trailblazing Minneapolis author and publisher who recognized the impiortance of celebrating the achievements of Minnesota’s Black Community.

Members of the Scott family will give an overview of Walter R. Scott Sr.’s historical projects, focusing on the achievements of Minnesota’s Black during the pre and post-Civil Rights era. They will also share an introduction to the forthcoming “Minnesota’s Black Community Book Project” which is now in progress. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. Light refreshments and entertainment will also be provided.