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IBNN NEWS has discovered many Strong Black Women holding office and running for office in Minnesota. This story about Ms. Helen McMickle Bassett is important because of the historical relevance being a Black female educator elected to the Robbinsdale School Board. Show your support for Ms. Bassett by becoming a fan on her campaign Facebook page by clicking here. Men and Women of color must support our strong candidates!
by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief, The Independent Business News Network
Robbinsdale, MN (IBNN NEWS/Politics & Education/August 5, 2012)…Helen McMickle Bassett made history as the first African American to serve on the Robbinsdale School Board, and along with fellow school members made state history as the first all-female school board in 2002. Since that appointment, twice voters to the school board have elected Bassett in 2003 and 2007 respectively. Bassett has faced tough issues on the board, including school closures, re-bounding of attendance areas, and addressing privatization of services.
As the mother of two adult daughters, six step-grandchildren, and eight great, great grandchildren, Bassett has a heart for children. Married for 35 years to her husband Isaac, Bassett has been a resident in the Robbinsdale School District community for 31 of those years. Bassett manages the Minnesota Fathers’ Adoption Registry (MFAR) for the Minnesota Department of Health, and leads outreach, training and the administration of the program.
Ms. McMickle Bassett and her husband Isaac Bassett are also activists in violence prevention and together work in behalf of the National Coalition of Survivors for Violence Prevention, Inc. (SVP) a network of individuals and organizations concerned with the improving public health practice among professionals serving survivors following violent incidents, and supporting the development of resources, interventions and services to families touched by violence. Ms. Bassett is the national coordinator for SVP, and along with her husband who is currently serving as the fourth President of SVP. On July 26 – 27, 2012 Mr. Bassett represented SVP at an exploratory meeting, hosted by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, “Listening to the Voices of Survivors.”
Ms. Bassett has served the community as a member of the Robbinsdale School Board for almost 10 years, and has filed her candidacy for a third term. She is seeking donations and volunteers to help in her bid for reelection.