As pioneers pass, new generation of African-American leaders quietly steps up

  • Article by: Rochelle Olson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 6, 2014 - 4:24 PM

Among the hundreds of people who packed Minnesota civil rights giant Matthew Little’s funeral Saturday were scores of members of the two generations of community leaders who have followed him.

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furguson11Feb. 5, 1410:41 PM

The Northside Achievement Zone rocks. It's a true, on the ground, door to door action designed to help lift entire families, including children out of the cycle of poverty. Not cheap, but it needs to be done.

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thefalconFeb. 5, 1410:50 PM

Agreed but nobody will ever step up and address that problem in the public. They are all too afraid to tackle the issue in the media. I dont see much changing then anytime soon.

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ivaro3Feb. 5, 1410:54 PM

One thing that would help is to stop using the word "minority." Nobody is a minority and it gets used as an excuse not to live up to one's potential and I think white liberals also use it to also keep black Americans down, by reinforcing this "minority" status.

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zeldacFeb. 5, 1411:27 PM

There will be no drastic change until no group is given preferential treatment for jobs, schools, and work. Until the Black community quits playing the "race card", gets educated and decides that we all need to work and pay taxes there will be no change of any sort. Other cultures come to the US and jump ahead because they have a work ethic, therefore leaving the Blacks on the bottom.

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janeymacFeb. 6, 14 2:59 AM

The "racial slurs" that the Tribune says are not allowed in comments are a used a little more subtle,but just as telling. Blame the poor and disadvantaged, in other words. Nothing to do society at large, or the structuring of the economy, so we can all safely wash our hands of inequality.

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twinsfaneastFeb. 6, 14 4:03 AM

TC seems to rank something like Mississippi 1950's style according to this piece. Ironically, TC has been governed completely by democrats and the liberal voice of local media for decades. Should give blacks pause for thought, don't you think?

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brucelieFeb. 6, 14 5:52 AM

“we don’t need to wait for someone to come solve the problem — we can solve the problem,” Nelson said."

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Truckman182Feb. 6, 14 6:15 AM

Family stability (ie two parent household). Education and accountability. A strong work ethic. These things go a long way toward success whatever your skin color is. The government cannot legislate someone into long term prosperity. It has to come from within....

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supervon2Feb. 6, 14 7:03 AM

Bill Cosby has said the same line that George Carlin used years ago. Ya Gotta Wanna. Without that, you're going nowhere.

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clnorthFeb. 6, 14 7:05 AM

Equal opportunity does not guarantee equal outcome. Life is what you make of it.

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