Department of Civil Rights

Velma J. Korbel, Director

350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157

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(612) 673-5500

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

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Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest


  The topic for this year's contest is:

Jokes or comments are commonly made, both accidentally and intentionally, at the expense of certain groups of people. Some individuals and organized groups actively work to stop hurtful speech. What could you do to stop these stereotypical/hurtful comments?

Provide at least 2 specific examples of how language results in the violation of or protection of human rights. Be sure to identify the message, who it is from, who it affects and how it affects them.  Reference the United States’ Constitution, the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights or the United States Bill of Rights in your answer. Essays may be from one to three pages in length and address the selected topic.  Completed entry forms with parent's signature must be attached to the back of the essay. All submissions are due by January 19th, 2015.

Teachers can request a member of the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights to visit their classroom and to assist students with the essay topic.  To request a visit, please contact the commissioner listed at the bottom of this letter.

All contest winners will be notified by February, 2015.  There will be three winners chosen from each grade level.

The contest winners will receive a gift card to be awarded at a ceremony before the Minneapolis City Council in the spring of 2015.

                                                             First Place                        $ 300.00

                                                             Second Place                    $ 200.00

                                                             Third Place                       $ 100.00


There will be a reception after the award ceremony to honor the winners.  Teachers, parents, educators and others are invited to attend.  Students will have the opportunity to meet and take pictures with the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights members, Minneapolis City Council members and Mayor Hodges.  Interviews may be requested by the media.  The first place winners will have an opportunity to read a portion of their essay at the awards ceremony

Completed Essays should be returned no later than Monday January 19th, 2015 to:

Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights

Attention: Lee Zutz, MCCR Liaison

350 South 5th Street, Room 239

Minneapolis, MN 55415


Your participation in this event is appreciated.  Please feel to contact me directly with any questions or concerns at 612-348-8216.


Bernadette Genis Casey

Commissioner, Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights

2015 Letter to Schools

2015 Parent Consent Form

Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights and City of Minneapolis Transgender  Issues Workgroup supports Minnesota State High School Leagues’ Proposed Transgender Athlete Policy

On December 4, 2014 the MSHSL will vote on a proposed policy that would allow for transgender students to participate in school athletics regardless of their gender identity. 

“We believe such policy updates will help ensure that public schools are in compliance with local, state, and federal laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment of transgender students.” Council Vice President, Elizabeth Glidden


The resolution notes that, “[The Commission on Civil Rights’} mission is to seek and eliminate bias and discrimination in all forms…and that all students should be able to participate in school activities regardless of their gender identity.”


“The Commission is proud to stand with the City’s Transgender Issues Workgroup, and Council Member Glidden in support of the MSHSL’s proposed transgender student athlete policy in hopes that the policy will lead to a fuller, more enjoyable experience for all of Minnesota’s student athletes,” said the chair of the Civil Rights Commission, Michael Harralson.


MINNEAPOLIS) Minneapolis City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, on behalf of the Minneapolis’ Transgender Issues Workgroup, expressed support for a resolution passed on November 17, 2014 by the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission in support of the Minnesota State High School Leagues’ (MSHSL) Proposed Policy titled “Participation in MSHSL Activities by Transgender Student Athletes.”

MCCR MSHSL Transgender Policy Resolution








Last updated Dec 22, 2014