City to rebroadcast video conversations on race on National Day of Listening, Nov. 25

Conversations about race and community will air back-to-back all day on Minneapolis City cable channel 14 as part of One Minneapolis One Read, Minneapolis’ first-ever community read. As part of One Minneapolis One Read, everyone in town is invited to read the same book, “The Grace of Silence,” by Minneapolis native and National Public Radio host Michele Norris. This memoir describes the experience of the Norrises as the first black family on the block in a south Minneapolis neighborhood.

The video conversations airing for the National Day of Listening Nov. 25 include author Norris talking about the book and describing her experiences interviewing her own family members for the book. The National Day of Listening is on the day after Thanksgiving every year, when folks all over the country set aside an hour to interview a friend, a loved one or someone in the community.

Tune in to see conversations
Friday, Nov. 25
Minneapolis cable channel 14

Folks don’t have to be in Minneapolis or have cable to watch the videos; they are also online at

One Minneapolis One Read

Everyone in Minneapolis is encouraged to have conversations on the National Day of Listening as part of One Minneapolis One Read.

The idea for a community read emerged following a debate over a controversial Minneapolis dog park. Neighbors wanted to find ways to talk about race and increase understanding. The City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County Library and Minneapolis Public Schools are promoting literacy and respectful public dialogue in this initiative. Folks in Minneapolis can play a positive role in their communities and explore important – sometimes difficult – issues that they face as a community by reading “The Grace of Silence” and getting involved.

One Minneapolis One Read events are planned through February; folks can join in or set up their own. An event calendar, guides for readers and teachers, and many more resources are available online. For more information on One Minneapolis One Read, visit or

National Day of Listening

Tens of thousands of Americans have participated in the National Day of Listening, and educators and community organizations have incorporated StoryCorps’ interviewing techniques into their programs. More information is at

Published Nov. 21, 2011