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South Africa’s Consul General Honors Twin Cities’ Internationalists

South Africa’s Consul General, the Honorable Yusuf Omar, was in the Twin Cities on April 26 as the keynote speaker at this year’s Twin Cities International Citizens Awards that is hosted annually by the Minneapolis based International leadership Institute (ILI).

Local Muslims Poised to Abandon Dual Loyalty


In America the followers of Islam, a faith under fire, abandoning the prevailing dual loyalty to native lands and America is the only path to repair their religion’s terrorism-entangled image.

At the center of an inner-struggle among Muslims is who deserves the first loyalty of the faithful: the native land, Islam or America?

Art Exhibit Closes with Lively Public Discourse


"I think it's more beneficial to be embraced by the audience of the Walker ( Art Center ) than it is to hang on the walls of the Walker," said photographer, Bill Cottman, responding to the idea of whether or not he'd like to see Africa , Daily Life art exhibit presented at a mainstream gallery.  Competent and resourceful, multimedia artist, Mimi Girma adds, "I think the Walker would be lucky to have this exhibit in their gallery." 

University of Minnesota Names Darlyne Bailey as First African-American Dean of CEHD

University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks and Provost Thomas Sullivan today named Darlyne Bailey the dean of the new College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). Her hiring is subject to Board of Regents approval. Bailey becomes both the first female dean and the first African-American dean of CEHD. She currently serves as vice president for academic affairs and dean of Teachers College, Columbia University. Bailey, a nationally recognized education leader, will start on Oct. 1.

South African Woman in Quest to Bring Taste of Cape Town to U.S.A

Yumna McCann sat at home, missing her mother dearly. She wanted a taste of her mother’s cooking. She wanted something different than the American food she was trying to get accustomed to.

Two Films from Africa to Screen at Walker Art Center

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has announced its latest edition of Global Lens: Films from the Global Film Initiative.

In Search of Miss Africa Minnesota

On June 30th, T&J Entertainment in conjunction with Kilimanjaro Entertainment will host Minnesota’s first Miss Africa beauty pageant at the Minneapolis Convention Centre.

Nimco Ahmed – Community Activist With a Mission

Minnesota immigrants, especially those from Africa, have come across Nimco Ahmed, the dynamic political activist who has dedicated her life to work for the improved welfare of people of color.

Shining a Light on Kenyan Girls


Pastor Bill Heib, from Riverside Ministry Center in Somerset, Wisconsin  says that the daughters of these Kenyan women are born with three strikes against them.  "They're born girls, they're born poor, and they're parentless."

Annan Stresses Global Approach During Launch of Institute for Global Citizenship

United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, yesterday cited the war in Iraq as his greatest disappointment during his tenure at the helm of the world body. Mr. Annan was speaking at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota  when he addressed the convocation ceremony to launch the college’s new Institute for Global Citizenship. The Secretary-General graduated from the college in 1961.

U.S. Bank Receives Appreciation Award from Lake Street Council


U.S. Bank received an appreciation award from the Lake Street Council in Minneapolis recently. The award was given to U.S. Bank during the council’s annual meeting at the Lyndale VFW.

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