Pat, who is going on 107 years old, says she was surprised that her difficulty breathing was caused by a heart problem, not her lungs.
Roxanne Givens has one dream right now, and one challenge: to open Minnesota’s first African-American history museum and do so on schedule, by fall 2011. But fund raising during an economic recession is challenging. The Minnesota African-American Museum and Cultural Center already has a home at 17th and 3rd Avenue in Minneapolis, in the historic Coe Mansion near the convention center–a place Givens believes is an ideal backdrop for building cross-cultural relationships, educational advancement and community support.
KFAI’s Britt Aamodt talked to Givens and MAAM marketing coordinator Shvonne Johnson about the challenges of coordinating and opening a museum in two years, and the rich vein of Minnesota’s African-American history they hope to tap for the 8,500-square-foot space.
For more information, visit maamcc.org.
Doris Stengel grew up on the North Dakota prairie, and then moved to the woods and lakes of Minnesota. She’s been a high school teacher and has mentored students in poetry from elementary school through college. She belongs to Heartland Poets in Brainerd, The League of Minnesota Poets, The National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and has served as President of each of these organizations.