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ON POINT sent email invitations to Scott Gray, President of the Minneapolis Urban League; Gary Cunningham, VP of the Northwest Area Foundation and facilitator of the African American Leadership Summit; and Clyde Turner, Executive Director of Sabathani Community Center to invite them to join Mr. Ed McDonald in a conversation about Black Minnesotans. Only Mr. McDonald confirmed his participation in Saturday’s program which should make the community very concerned about local Black “spokespersons” who “say” they speak for the underprivileged in the community but act too good to be questioned, (more to come on that topic).
*See MLK Program Booklet 2013 here!
IBNN NEWS for BlogTalkRadio’s ON POINT!
Minneapolis, MN (IBNN/Talk Radio/January 10,2013)…On Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 3 p.m. join co-hosts Ronald A. Edwards and Don Allen for an exclusive interview with Council on Black Minnesotans executive director Ed McDonald. Saturday’s show will focus on the future of the COBM and ne efforts by Mr. McDonald to brand the council as a function part of Minnesota state government that actively addresses the needs of Black Minnesotans.
The Council on Black Minnesotans was created in 1980, Minnesota statute 3.9225, titled, “Council on Black Minnesotans” – which reads: “Subdivision 1. Creation. A state council on Black Minnesotans consists of 13 members appointed by the governor. The members of the council must be broadly representative of the Black community of the state and include at least five males and at least five females. One member of the council must be a person whose ethnic heritage is from West Africa, and one member of the council must be a person whose ethnic heritage is from East Africa. Membership terms, compensation, removal of members, and filling of vacancies for non-legislative members are as provided in section 15.0575. Because the council performs functions that are not purely advisory, the council is not subject to the expiration date in section 15.059. Two members of the House of Representatives appointed by the speaker and two members of the senate appointed by the subcommittee on committees of the committee on rules and administration shall serve as nonvoting members of the council. The council shall annually elect from its membership a chair and other officers it deems necessary.”
Since the election of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, appointees to the council have been participants with the DFL. Having a non-partisan membership does not seem to be the need of Gov. Dayton’s office, nor does the board control the MLK Day celebrations like in the past.
On Saturday’s show, we will examine Mr. McDonald on public policy for Black Minnesotans and find out how the agency will handle the looming sunset hearing scheduled for later in 2013.
This is a 90-minute call in program and we invite listeners to call in and ask questions to the executive director of the Council on Black Minnesotans. To listen tot the program, click here – or go to: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ronanddonshow/2013/01/12/interview-with-council-on-black-minnesotans-ed-mcdonald. The call in number is (347) 426-3904, phone lines will be open during the program.