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MLK Day Community Celebration

St. Paul MLK Day March

St. Paul MLK Day March. Photos by Jen Hosterman/Building Sustainable Communities

Photos by Jen Hosterman/Building Sustainable Communities

Photos by Jen Hosterman/Building Sustainable Communities

The Council on Black Minnesotans hosted the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration, “The Fierce Urgency of NOW,” on Jan. 18.

A rally started the day with youth speakers, music and dance from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Central High School Auditorium. Marchers, including Mayor Chris Coleman and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, then walked from Central High School to Concordia University Gangelhoff Auditorium. Keynote speaker was Nekima Levy-Pounds, director of the Community Law Project at University of St. Thomas.

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Photo courtesy Library of Congress

Photo courtesy Library of Congress

The Council on Black Minnesotans will host the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration, “The Fierce Urgency of NOW,” on Jan. 18.

A Rally begins the day with youth speakers, music and dance from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Central High School Auditorium. (map/directions)

Marchers will walk from Central High School to Concordia University Gangelhoff Auditorium (map/directions), where the main program will be held from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.

Keynote speaker will be Nekima Levy-Pounds, director of the Community Law Project at University of St. Thomas.

FRAN Meeting seeks to focus campaign to raise $8 million

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Nieeta Presley discusses fund-raising with Access Philanthropy consultants.

Steve Paprocki spoke clearly when he addressed the Frogtown-Rondo Action Network meeting on April 28. “The time is now for you to come together on a common work plan, work force and work vision to raise $8 million for this community.” A consultant from Access Philanthropy, Paprocki knows what he is talking about.Representatives of nearly a dozen FRAN organizations nodded their heads in agreement. $8 million dollars is the lucky number FRAN aims to raise over the next three years to support its rollout of 11 community-based initiatives to, in its words, “start the next great chapter in Frogtown-Rondo’s history.”

Nieeta Presley, executive director of the Aurora/St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation led the formative meeting. “This is an opportunity for community organizations to interact with each other and create a streamlined plan for raising money and implementing programs,” Presley said.With a line-up of community-building orga- nizations at the plate, the multimillion-dollar goal seems feasible. The ASANDC, Community Stabilization Project, Greater Frogtown CDC, Camphor United Methodist Church, Concordia University, Hmong Business Association/Asian Economic Development Association, Jewish Community Action, Just Equity, Selby Area CDC, University United and the University Avenue Business Association are taking roles that range from educating community members and business owners about managing their finances to advocating for creation of green jobs and energy efficiency.

As the plan moves forward, FRAN will continue to strengthen its network of campaign supporters, community supporters and community capital.

To read more about the work of FRAN and its partner organizations, pick up a copy of the latest Aurora/St. Anthony NDC Newsletter.

— By Jake Kulju