David Roth: “I didn’t want to punch home a thought, like ‘This is what this meant,’ but if you get enough people talking about it, you get the understanding of how exciting and energizing it was.”
From 38th and Chicago to a nursing home on 56th and S. Lyndale, these scenes recall the historic nature of 2020 in our city.
The 550 portraits of Minneapolitans and St. Paulites at the heart of “Front Porch Portraits” make for an enduring testament to these cloistered and muted times.
Theatre de la Jeune Lune’s 1980 production of “Ubu For President” premiered in Minneapolis two weeks after Ronald Reagan was elected president.
Kunesh, who founded the organization Pehin Haha to advocated for Native communities, is delivering the keynote address at this week’s Center for Economic Inclusion’s virtual event, “2020 Powering Inclusion Summit, Marching For Racial Equity and Economic Justice.”
This year’s honorees — Valerie Castile, Leslie Redmond, Resmaa Menakem and Alex Miles — will be accepting their awards virtually.
The day came with added significance and relevance, set as it was to a backdrop of worldwide protests; calls for police reform; challenges to financial, governmental, and cultural institutions to promote equality and equity; and Gov. Tim Walz pushing to declare it a state holiday.
In 2018 Black founded the center, which works to combat economic and social racism, and whose clients and partners include Ramsey County, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and the Itasca Project. She wants to speed up the pace of change.
Michelle Gross has been a police accountability activist for 40 years, but she’s never seen the kind of intensity that exploded around the death of George Floyd.
Restaurant action was spotty, but a few diners and drinkers took advantage of the gorgeous summer weather to sit, socially distanced, on local patios.
The workweek started Monday with the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police outside of Cup Foods on 38th and Chicago and ended Friday with Lake Street in flames and an ongoing vigil outside Cup.
MinnPost toured and tooled around the Twin Cities, looking for signs of life during COVID-19.
The sidewalk outside Mount Olivet is filled with chalked messages of support. Across the street, the marquee of the F45 fitness club reads on one side, “Distance Is Temporary Community Is Forever,” and “Thank You MT Olivet Staff You Are Heroes” on the other.
“We’re trying to go out and say, ‘I see that you have a need, and I’m going to jump ahead and give you a solution to this need,’” said Emily Fulton-Foley, executive director.
An online map is tracking Little Free Libraries whose owners are stocking their kiosks with food, toys, puzzles, household items, and masks.
“I like that my toddlers see this,” said Sarah Springer. “It’s demonstrating to them how you can connect with your community, and how simple things can be points of connection.”
It’s a very financially volatile time, with Women’s Advocates adjusting to the new realities of living and working amid COVID-19 restrictions.
MinnPost photographed messages on shuttered storefronts and elsewhere across the city Saturday and Sunday, with many small business owners keeping a stiff upper lip for their bricks-and-mortar customers via store windows.
For funeral directors dealing with the day-to-day nuts and bolts business of life and death, the coronavirus and social distancing era has changed the way they help people grieve, and how funeral homes host celebrations of life.
“Music is critical at all points in time, but now it’s even more,” said Paul Babcock, president and CEO of MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis.