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Neighborhood History within the Context of Race

Building Bridges is a project coordinated through the 8th ward city council office of Elizabeth Glidden and led by neighbors from South Minneapolis neighborhoods East and West of 35W, including Central, Bryant, Kingfield, Regina and Northrop. These neighbors believe that race-based dialogue about a dog park proposed in Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park highlighted a racial divide that exists within the community and the need to build stronger relationships and understandings between neighbors. Many residents do not know the history of South Minneapolis within the context of institutionalized racism. On the other hand, many residents experienced, directly, the force of institutional racism. The purpose of this project is to illuminate specific events within this broader context. Colin Cureton, a Master of Public Policy graduate student in the Humphrey School, will document neighborhood history in the context of race by producing 6-7 case studies. The results will be used to educate and build relationships between residents and allies.

Project Award Date: 
2012-05-28
Community organization or agency: 
Kingfield Neighborhood Association
CURA Contact: 
Jeff Corn Community Programs Assistant (612) 625-0744
Neeraj Mehta Director, Community-Based Research (612) 624-8988

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