SAVE THE DATES: Upcoming Diversity Events
You’re invited to two upcoming events that celebrate diversity of ideas, perspectives and people. Both are free to students and employees but reservations are requested. Both are excellent opportunities to incorporate into curricula.
Rondo Brothers of Moorhead: A Panel Discussion | Monday, February 27 | 7 p.m. | Center for the Arts Gaede Stage
The Rondo Brothers of Moorhead are a group of Black MSUM alumni from the Rondo area of St. Paul, Minn.,— once an economically active, social and self-supporting neighborhood. The core of Rondo was demolished between 1956 and 1968, to make way for the construction of Interstate 94. At least 650 families were displaced from the neighborhood as well as many businesses. The Rondo Brothers—Russel T. Balenger, Readus W. Fletcher, Carl Griffin and Lewis Scott—all from the Rondo neighborhood, attended Moorhead State University (now MSUM) during the late ’60s and early ’70s and went on to enjoy successful careers. They will participate in a panel discussion exploring the following themes:
- Historic significance of the Rondo neighborhood and the impact of the I94 construction on families and the community,
- Personal experiences at Moorhead State and the Fargo-Moorhead community
- Career, service and activism after Moorhead
Lift Your Voice – A Discussion with Angela Harrelson, George Floyd’s Aunt | Tuesday, February 28 | 7:30 p.m. | Center for the Arts Gaede Stage
Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to join in a dialogue with Angela Harrelson, George Floyd’s aunt and author of Lift Your Voice: How My Nephew George Floyd’s Murder Changed The World, a memoir of faith, hope, and bravery. In the book, she shares the behind-the-scenes story of George’s family—how he lived and why he died—and how the world can find a solution to racism through his death.
Come listen to Angela Harrelson speak about her memoir, her life experiences, her family, and engage in a moderated discussion.