Before the Mayflowers Landed
3M auditorium at the Minnesota History Center.
This series of film screenings & community discussions engage unique perspectives specific to Black America's Hip hop generation, which recently turned 50 years old in 2023.
The theme and subject matter of presented materials covers various social, cultural, political, and historical topics designed to influence critical thought about current issues impacting the human condition.
“The Lost Negroes of North America:” A Silent Film Experience
NOVEMBER 18TH, 2- 4PM
Join us for an exclusive film screening experience as independent Journalist Ralph L. Crowder III shares his examination of Northern Family and community life featured in silent 8mm film footage captured in South Minneapolis circa 1944-1955.
This film will be accompanied by a live band, DJ, poets and a music soundtrack performed by Kevin Washington, Truth Maze, and Jamela Pettiford. Attendees are encouraged to stay for a panel discussion following the screening.
“Before Black Lives Mattered, The Kids Marched for Educational Freedom” The 2013 Hopkins High School Student Walkout: Education No Discrimination
December 30th, 2-4 pm
Join us for an exclusive film screening event as independent Journalist Ralph L. Crowder III shares his "Before Black Lives Mattered, The Kids Marched for Educational Freedom. The Hopkins High School Student Walkout: Education No Discrimination" film.
This powerful documentary focuses on an incident that impacted the learning environment of Black Students and others who reacted with an organized student led protest, possibly influencing a coming movement to the Twin Cities area shortly after.
The McRae All-Stars Story: History of Minnesota’s first AAU Boys Basketball Team
February 17th, 2-4 pm
Join us for a conversation about The McRae All-Stars, Minnesota's first AAU Basketball team that traveled the country in the 1980s winning tournaments with combined talent from inner city youth in Minneapolis & St. Paul.
Community Awards & Recognition of Achievement Ceremony
March 16th, 2-4 pm
Guests of all ages are invited to attend the Before the Mayflowers Landed Community Awards & Recognition of Achievement Ceremony in the Frances E. Thompson Digital Library for Family Research.
This series closing program aims to recognize and celebrate a selected group of honorees for their integrational contributions of excellence in community work or service.
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