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Week of Resilience Events

This year marks the 400 Year Commemoration of Africans being brought to Jamestown, VA by the British and forced into slavery.

To honor the 400 Year Commemoration, the City of Minneapolis’ Division of Race and Equity is bringing City staff and residents together to remember the histories of African American people, recover the stories of oppression, resistance, and liberation, and reimagine a future that is not predicated on the harm of African American people.

We have contracted with 14 organizations who will host various activities throughout August and September, including the Week of Resilience August 19 – 23. We hold this week sacred because August 20, 1619 was the day that the British brought 20 people of African ascent to the United States and enslaved them.

Click on the list of events below for more information. We will be announcing additional activities soon – please continue to check our website for updates!

Voices That Guide Us: Various Dates

    Description: The goals of Voices That Guide Us are: to convey the essential humanity of black people through video; to offer a visual voice for views, advice, affirmations and truths by us and about us, enhance existing text articles in our website (primary and secondary sources), preserve the oral traditions that are the trademark of black people, and spotlight un-stereotypical interpretations of who black people are. This on-going project aligns with the focus of the 400 Year Commemoration work because it captures narratives of oppression, resistance, and liberation, voices that are too often silenced or marginalized. The prompts used by African American Registry interviewers promote healing through capturing narratives of the black experience. Voices That Guide Us encourages participants to be unapologetically black and celebrate the rich contributions of African America to the world.

    Intended audience: Event participants

    Location: African American Registry will be capturing stories from event participants who are open to being filmed. If you do not want to be filmed, please decline the opportunity.

We (Are) Here! - Weekly Yoga: Thursdays in August from 6-8 p.m.

    Description: We (Are) Here! is an exploration into the African presence in America...with a particular focus on African American families who made their way to the Northside of Minneapolis.

    The Anika Foundation and Robbins Urban Wellness Retreat are hosting a phased historical and resiliency project that blends trauma-informed healing and resiliency practices against the backdrop of an art history installation that loosely chronicles the journey of African American families who settled in Minnesota.

    While Jamestown - (and some historical data suggests earlier arrivals to Port Carolina and St. Augustine, Fl) is often cited as the initial point of entry for early African & European explorers in 1619, for many African Americans living in Minnesota today arrived via 2 key migration periods - during the turn of the century late 1890s-1900s, and then again during the great migration during the 1930s through the 1950s. It was during the latter, that Minnesota saw a large influx of African American families make the 'Northstar' their home. Later migratory periods occurred during the late 70s and 80s when corporations and schools recruited southerners to relocate to the Twin Cities.

    We (Are) Here! celebrates the trials, tribulations, successes and opportunities for growth that still exist for African heritage communities in Minnesota today. We'll present artifacts, publications, photos and mementos from families you may know. We'll also dive into the effects of relocating, settling and carving out the American Dream for African heritage families and the trauma-and resiliency-that has emerged as a result.

    A weekly yoga session provides a Black-safe space for women, men and youth to develop healthy self-care practices. This is supported by a facilitated discussion by mental and emotional wellness professionals who will also be available to provide private counseling to any who'd like it. We''ll also develop self-care advocacy practices that will empower participants.

    Light healthy refreshments and additional services and features available. This series of events will take place every Thursday in August (Except for 8/1) from 6-8pm. Saturday, August 24thfrom 1-4pm will be the exhibit open to the public.

    Intended Audience: Black women in particular, with some aspects open to the public i.e. exhibit opening.

    Location: Robbins Urban Wellness Retreat: 3900 Thomas Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55412

    Contact: and on Facebook. 

POC Pride - August 16-18

    Description: Visual and Entertainment art work depicting queer BIPOC

    Intended Audience: BIPOC Queer and general public

    Location: Various locations based on ReCAST-sponsored activities


Hello Northside - Fridays: Aug. 16, 23, 30, and Sept. 13 or as supplies last

    Description: Youth apprentices and adult artist instructors at Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) will curate, produce, and distribute Hello Northside self-care and healing kit themed around steadfastness, and preparedness – qualities that are reflective of Black cultural strength. Event will take place 4-6:30 p.m.

    Hello Northside kits will be distributed in conjunction with JXTA’s public safety activation series, Broadway Vibrations. Activities will include bike-powered smoothie-making, a spades tournament and will incorporate old school music, bubbles, and board games.

    Location: Aug 16th: Intersection of Fremont and 35th Ave N, Aug 23rd: JXTA Skate Plaza (Intersection of West Broadway and Emerson Ave N), Aug 30th: Parking lot of Merwin Liquors (700 W Broadway Ave), Sept 13th: JXTA Skate Plaza.

    Intended Audience: North Minneapolis residents and youth of color.

    Contact: or Juxtaposition Arts' Facebook account

Ain't I a Woman: An Interactive Portrayal of Sojourner Truth - Various Dates

    Description: Nothando Zulu will present "And Ain't I A Woman?" at 4 sites in Minneapolis. For each event, there will be a question and answer period after the 30 minute presentation.


  • August 19, 4:30 - 5 p.m. at We Win’s Passing the Torch Event 
  • August 22, 4 – 5 p.m. at the Division of Race and Equity’s Still Here Event 
  • August 27, 7 p.m. at Proverbs Christian Fellowship located at 1515 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405 

    Intended audience: General public

    Contact: Nothando Zulu at [email protected]

Passing the Torch: A Glimpse into the Past, Showing Prospects for the Future! - August 19

    Description: Passing the Torch is an interactive learning experience that highlights the origins of the journey that African Americans have had since arriving to America in 1619. Utilizing our home site, we will offer an open house styled event that allows attendees to learn about the history of decedents of American chattel slavery, starting in Africa, the journey through the middle passage, onto slavery, reconstruction, civil rights, and our world today.

    Intended Audience: Open the public, all ages and cultures

    Location: 3751 17th Avenue South


The Journey of Relentless - August 20

    Description: EMERGE youth programs lead by Will Wallace (North 4 Program Coordinator) and Jovan Shabazz (Youth community leader) will create a youth and community resilience event in partnership with Stairstep Foundation and Power of People Leadership Institute with

  • Open community space for youth
  • Youth stories of resilience and change
  • Speaker & Performer Korey Xross (Man Up Club) (in development)
  • Community barbeque and activities

    Open Event for youth, parents & community will be held on August 20 at EMERGE Career & Technology Center 1:00 – 4:30.

    Intended Audience: Young men age 16-24 and their friends, family, and community

    Location: 1834 Emerson Ave N, Minneapolis MN 55411

    Contact: [email protected] 

400 Year Commemoration Sunrise Ceremony - August 20

    Description: A center point of our landscape, a shaper of our cultures, a sacred spiritual site, a provider of essential water, food and irrigation to sustain our communities, an escape from the brutal confines of plantation life, a potential route to freedom; in times of trial and triumph, the Mississippi River has long served as a critical resource and beacon of hope for Native Americans and African Americans alike.

    As part of our 400 years of Commemoration, we have asked Native and African spiritual leaders and elders to come together on the banks of the Mississippi river to offer prayers and healing through acknowledging and honoring our individual and collective histories, and our connection to the Mighty Mississippi river.

    This event will be facilitated by the Cultural Wellness Center and community elders Sharon Day and Louis Alemayehu.

    Intended audience: Open to the public

    Location: Mississippi River where West River Road North and 17th Ave North meet Link to map:


A Crucial Courageous Conversation- Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23 from 5 - 9 pm

         Description: The Bill McMoore Foundation will facilitate a day and half workshop/ conversation commemorating families of African American ancestry's early migration to Minnesota. Our event will use presentations from several "original" families, "Restorative Justice" circles and a World Cafe. We also will be recruiting participants who are willing to engage in a series of monthly gatherings fall through spring. 


    Description: Planting People Growing Justice is excited to partner with the City of Minneapolis- ReCast and MN African American Heritage Museum & Gallery to host the Sankofa Teach In. This family-friendly event will include:

  • Presentation on the history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Pan Africanism
  • Panel discussion about the power of culture and resilience
  • Community healing circle
  • Special gift for the first 50 attendees (autographed copy of Amazing Africa)

    This event will be a remarkable Sankofa experience of returning home, reclaiming our rich cultural heritage and embarking on the journey of community healing.

    Intended Audience: General Public, family-friendly

    Location: MN African American Heritage Museum and Gallery


Reparations Town Hall - August 25

    Description: Black Civic Network is inviting you to a discussion about what reparations is and why reparations are needed. Panel Discussion followed with Q&A with the Audience. Dinner will be provided for all in attendance.

    Intended audience: African American Men, Women and Children of all ages

    Location: Minneapolis Urban League; 2100 Plymouth Ave N


Eight Seasons of Art - August 30

    Description: The event is about art and how art relates to the resiliency against racism and the 400 year commemoration of Africans arriving in Jamestown. I have built a platform that describes and illustrates how art communicates a universal truth. Art reflects life and life reflects art. I am doing this in North Mpls to inspire youth to use art to build their voice and affirmation to combat injustice and give what their community needs most, more creative thinkers.

    Location: NEON - Northside Economic Opportunity Network - 1007 W. Broadway Ave


Commemorating 400 Years of Black Excellence & Struggle @ Southside Back in the Day - August 31


  • Live music
  • History of E. 38th street African American community (guest speaker)
  • Community Organizing to Build Black Political Power (panel discussion)
  • Reparations Community Discussion (facilitated by Black Civic Network)

    This event will take place from 11-7:00pm.

    Intended Audience: General public

    Location: Phelps Park


The Intimacy of Blackness; Saturday August 31 and Saturday, September 7

         Location: ECMN; 1101 West Broadway Avenue Minneapolis, MN 


Sankofa Teach In: Exploring Culture, Resilience, Healing - August 23

Last updated Aug 21, 2019



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