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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

African American History Month events start this Friday

The City of Saint Paul and Ramsey County are proud to celebrate African American History Month.  This year’s events will profile one of Saint Paul’s largest African American communities, the Rondo neighborhood.  The theme of the 2014 African American History month is, “Rondo: An Enduring Legacy Celebrating the Past; Embracing the Future.”  The events feature speakers who witnessed Rondo’s history and are committed to preserving Rondo’s future.      

The 2014 African American History Month Committee for the City of Saint Paul and Ramsey County has organized the following schedule of events that profile the Rondo community:

Friday, February 14, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: 
  • Marvin Anderson, Co-Founder of Rondo Days, “I Remember Rondo”
  • Ben Mchie, Creator of the African American Registry, “Preserving Memories of Saint Paul”
  • Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter, Master of Ceremonies
  • City Hall/Courthouse – 15 W Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, Lower Level - Room 40 A & B

Friday, February 21, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.:
  • Debbie Montgomery, “March from Selma to Montgomery”
  • Ramsey County Director of Workforce Solutions Patricia Brady, Master of Ceremonies
  • Government Center East, 160 E. Kellogg Blvd., Room 7600

Friday, February 28, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Proclamations by Mayor Chris Coleman, Council President Kathy Lantry, & Commissioner Chair Jim McDonough
  • Saint Paul Public Schools African American Male Initiative will give a performance on legacy, entitled: “We’re Honoring a Legacy”
  • Daniel Bergin, Documentary Filmmaker and Senior Producer at Twin Cities Public Television will present “The Power of Storytelling: A Pathway to the Future”
  • Deputy Mayor Paul Williams, Master of Ceremonies
  • Lunch catered by Abundant Catering:  First-come, first-serve.  Lunch served on 2/28 only.
  • Program 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • City Hall/Courthouse - 15 W Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, Lower Level - Room 40 A & B

The above presentations are free and open to the public.

Saint Paul Public Libraries is proud to feature the following Book Clubs in honor of African American History Month:

Thursday, Feb. 13 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Book Club presents the film: Freedom Riders
  • Dayton’s Bluff Library, 645 E 7th St, 651-793-1699

Monday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Book Club discussion: Copper Sun by Susan Draper
  • Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Ave, 651-642-0385

Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7:45 p.m.
  • Book Club discussion: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  • Highland Park Library, 1974 Ford Pkwy, (Library is closed for renovations; event will be held in the Hillcrest Recreation Center)

Thursday, Feb. 27 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Book Club discussion: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass
  • Central Library, 90 W 4th St, 651-266-7000

Book clubs are free, and new members are always welcome.  For more information about the Saint Paul Public Library’s book clubs, visit:

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