Black History, Black Voices Focus of Free Virtual Programs Offered Week of Dr. MLK Jr's Birthday

MNHS is launching a new initiative called "Black History, Black Voices" that centers Black narratives, history and issues.


January 12, 2021

Through ongoing programs, content and resources created by Black historians, artists, activists and community leaders, this initiative will deepen the understanding of Black history in Minnesota and the contributions Black Americans have made. Look for more details at

The initiative begins with three programs offered the week of Dr. MLK Jr.’s birthday. Distinguished author, activist, and University of St. Thomas professor Dr. Yohuru Williams will serve as moderator. All programs are free and will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube.

• Acting on Dr. King’s Call

Mon., Jan 18, 2021, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

How does Dr. King’s message regarding “creative maladjustment” relate to generations of institutional racism faced by African Americans? Three local leaders explore how Black Minnesotans have refused to normalize injustice and inequality and are responding today with action, innovation, and persistence.

• HBCU Legacy of Leadership

Tue., Jan 19, 2021, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

From Dr. King to Kamala Harris, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) produce Black American leaders and legends who advance our society. This panel discussion will explore the origin story of HBCUs, how they are critical to the health of our communities, and how local civil rights leaders like Roy Wilkins and Marvel Cook advocated for HBCUs in the North.

• Staying in the Fight

Thu., Jan 21, 2021, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Representative John Lewis, a civil rights activist who fought alongside Dr. King called on all Americans to get in the fight and stay in the fight. In this program, influential Black leaders discuss their ground breaking work: delivering innovative solutions all the while challenging activists and allies alike to get in and stay in the fight for racial equity.

For more information about upcoming program and events visit the MNHS online calendar of events.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history. Visit us at


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