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Impossible to Remain Silent

June 3, 2021 - By Christopher P. Lehman

Our nation, for far too long, has remained silent about open and notorious acts of racial violence experienced by African Americans. As a teenager reading, The Black Book edited by Middleton A. Harris and Toni Morrison, I became aware of the countless atrocities experienced by African Americans that were ignored…

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The Work Ahead

April 23, 2021 - By Christopher P. Lehman

In the span of less than seven years, Minnesota has been the site of several high–profile incidents involving the use of deadly force against African American men by law enforcement.

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Black History

February 15, 2021 - By Christopher P. Lehman

In celebration of Black History Month, the Minnesota Humanities Center has asked some of our friends to write essays to share with you their thoughts on black history and culture, as well as on broad issues of racial and social justice. Like a good conversation with friends after a good…

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How Can We Breathe – A Time to Listen, Share, and Be Heard

August 25, 2020 - By Christopher P. Lehman

At the dawn of the formation of our country, and even begrudgingly to this day, the existing political and social hierarchy of our nation has sought to deny and frustrate the inalienable rights of African Americans to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Since the video of the murder…

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Celebrating Juneteenth by Finishing the Work

June 19, 2020 - By Christopher P. Lehman

A new movement has begun to recognize Juneteenth as a national holiday. Proponents stress the need for America never to forget how racial slavery has been imprinted upon the soul of the nation and to always remember how the descendants of enslaved African Americans continue to shape its present and…

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The Death of George Floyd

May 28, 2020 - By Christopher P. Lehman

As the leader of the Minnesota Humanities Center, envisioning a just society that is connected, curious, and compassionate, we send our condolences to the family of George Floyd and his many friends. The tragic history of our country is replete with instances of the suppression of the inalienable human rights…

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Our New Vision

February 27, 2020 - By Christopher P. Lehman

The new vision for the Minnesota Humanities Center calls upon the organization to utilize the disciplines of the humanities to increase understanding, innovation, and justice. The new vision for the Minnesota Humanities Center – A just society that is curious, connected, and compassionate. Justice is afforded to people when…

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The Case for Civic Education

February 18, 2020 - By Christopher P. Lehman

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” The words of President Thomas Jefferson still ring true today more than 200 years later.

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