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The Results so Far: Ramsey County  

June 15, 2022, 6-8 PM
St. Catherine’s University


Please join us for an update on the racial covenants research in Ramsey County. This community conversation will provide a chance for us to honor our volunteers and present some of the work that is being done by the Welcoming the Dear Neighbor? and Mapping Prejudice teams. We will share the map of the racial covenants that have been identified so far.

We want this to be a prompt for a larger discussion. What do you think this data means? How does this connect to your story of housing? What else do you want to know? How do we use this work to begin the work of repair?

Join us at St. Catherine’s University in the Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine building, 3rd floor, 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul. Or participate online. Register here.
Faith Communities Use Mapping Prejudice to Address History

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka decided to transcribe property records for Mapping Prejudice in order to address their own history and understand the development of racial disparities in the Twin Cities. This congregation is just one of the faith communities that is using a crowdsourcing project to learn about its history and prompt conversations around “what does it mean to repair past harm?”

In this piece, Mapping Project Director Kirsten Delegard explains that “faith organizations were some of the first to step up to join Mapping Prejudice.”

The Role Academic Libraries can Play in Racial Justice Work

Many people are surprised to learn that Mapping Prejudice is based in an academic library. But as the research team explains in this piece, the University of Minnesota Libraries are a logical home for this kind of public history project once you understand the core values of libraries. Libraries are committed to openness and collaboration; Mapping Prejudice works to listen and co-create with the community.

Separate Not Equal at Hennepin History Museum

On May 14th, the Hennepin History Museum opened Separate Not Equal. Marking the 50th anniversary of the Hale-Field school pairing in south Minneapolis, this exhibit pays tribute to the parents and educators who led this effort to drive desegregation. To learn more, click here.

Dr. Taiyon Coleman Bears Witness Through Poetry

Dr. Taiyon Coleman bears witness through her poetry. Her current project, Communicating with the Dead, documents the impact of structural and institutional racism on BIPOC people. She writes in memory of BIPOC victims of COVID, evoking both the  infinite beauty and value of these people and the institutional injustice that led to their deaths.

The Response from the Government Conveys “Let Them Die”1: Rev. Vickey Gibbs2

With pain in the places where her bones tie and meet
and with swelling in her healing brown hands, she reached
and preached social justice joy full force refusing to serve
Jesus Lite to her parishioners in the state with “friendship”
as its motto.

God takes the good ones early, and we are lucky if we can
count our friends on one hand, but I never understood
how some people could use both of your dark hands until they
are calloused and bleed and still never really want to be your
for real friend.

A good lamb, she “did not put the Lord her God to the test,”
and for forty days and nights in gulf sand, she back talked
the devil all the while guiding people from the bellies of their
whales through seeing the Christ in them all.

For ten days, she carried her crucifix breathing thick fluid through
her lungs, and she died with her beloved choir director by her side,
forgiving. Church “was where she wanted to be, never knowing
a love so sweet.”3

1 Drayton, Tiffanie. “1 In 3 Black Americans Knows Someone Who Died of Covid-19. These Stories Capture the Toll Taken by the Disease.” Vox, Vox, 26 Aug. 2020, www.vox.com/first-person/2020/8/26/21400035/coronavirus-covid-19-mortality-black-americans.
2 Leland, John. “Rev. Vickey Gibbs, Activist in a Progressive Church, Dies at 57.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 15 July 2020, www.nytimes.com/2020/07/15/us/vickey-gibbs-dead-coronavirus.html.
3  Prince. “‘Vicki Waiting." “Vicki Waiting" (Batman 1989 CD), YouTube.com, June 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uPacOTApbM.

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