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Khaliq and Korbel honored for fighting racism

The St. Paul Foundation will honor Nathaniel Khaliq and Velma Korbel tonight for their efforts in fighting racism. Each will receive a $10,000 grant to support their anti-racism efforts at the Ambassador Awards event in St. Paul.

Korbel is the Minneapolis civil rights director, and Khaliq is a community activist and former president of the St. Paul NAACP.

Three others will get honorable mentions for their work in promoting racial equity: 

  • A. Lori Saroya of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Minnesota.
  • The Rev. Paul Slack of New Creation Church in Brooklyn Park.
  • Dr. Anton Treuer, professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University.

The awards are part of the  St. Paul Foundation's "Facing Race, We’re all in this together" initiative, which is designed to "create a more equitable, just and open community where everyone feels safe, valued and respected. Facing Race meets people and institutions where they are,giving them the tools they need to discuss issues of race and racism, and moving them to take action to end racism and discrimination."

Said Carleen Rhodes, President and CEO of the St. Paul Foundation:

“Both Nathaniel and Velma have spent their careers working to advance racial equity in our community. In working to end disparities, these two individuals have demonstrated remarkable dedication, perseverance and commitment to making every member of our community feel safe, valued and respected.”

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Comments (1)

This award to Velma Korbel is a slap in the face to civil rights leaders like Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King and others who died for the movement.

Ms. Korbel and the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights have done absolutely nothing to uphold civil rights or fight racism.

This is nothing more than an shameful display of pomp and circumstance. At what point do the real advocates of civil rights and those who fight racism get acknowledged?

Please, the MDCR is still shredding case files versus investigations.