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This week marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.  The March is widely credited for helping to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.   Among the 250,000 people who marched for jobs and freedom were 58 Minnesotans.

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This week marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Marian Wright Edelman says “we don’t have a money problem in the United States, we have a values and priorities problem”.
She was the keynote speaker at the 23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

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Former Hennepin County Commissiner and current head of the Minneapolis Downtown Council Mark Stenglein talks with KFAI’s Terry Carter.

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Former State Senator Mary Jo McGuire talked about the issues at play in her bid for a seat on the Ramsey County Board.

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The annual May Day Parade and Festival in Minneapolis needs financial support. Heart of The Beast Puppet and Mask Theater Executive Director Loren Neimi came to KFAI to talk about the problem and some possible solutions.

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As winter lingers into early April in the Twin Cities, the annual May Day Parade and festival in Minneapolis feels very far away.
But the calendar tells a different story. On April 5th, a series of workshops will begin to literally shape the parade.
Staff artists at the theater will use storyboards to guide volunteers in the creation of parade floats and features.
The workshops are free and open to everyone, Saturday mornings and afternoons.
Workshops are also held on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

And a big kickoff and fundraiser called “Plant the Seeds” is scheduled to support the parade, featuring food, music and art making activities.
You can find out more about all the May Day Preparation activities at HOBT dot org.

Sandy Speiler is the Artistic Director for In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater. She told KFAI’s Rico Morales that everyone is invited to help make this year’s parade happen.

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Merrill Anderson has run a public relations business and a driving school. He ran for the state legislature and the city council in Minneapolis back in the ‘60’s, and now in his 70’s, has returned to politics.
Merrill Anderson talked with KFAI’s Cynthia Montana and told her why he wants to be mayor.

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A coalition of young voters, led by two youth workers, organized a forum featuring the candidates for Mayor of Minneapolis.  The goal was to insist that the people who want to lead the city address the issue of racial inequality. 

KFAI's Trisha Collopy attended the forum on Thursday, June 6th.  She talked with KFAI's Brenda Bell Brown on the Morning Blend.  

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The Federal Communications Commission is considering a proposal to relax rules that govern the ownership of media in this country.  Right now, a single company cannot own both a TV broadcast station and a newspaper in the same market.  The change would allow newspapers to own radio and TV stations, a move opposed some advocates of minority ownership of media entities. 

The FCC was supposed to vote on this in December but didn’t.  They’re scheduled to take it up again next year – leaving more time for comment.

 

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