Black History Day at The Bridge
Over a soul-food feast of barbequed ribs, black beans and rice, and fresh peach cobbler, employees, youth, and friends gathered at The Bridge for the agency’s annual celebration of Black History.
The multi-generational event, marked by traditional food, music, poetry, is one way the agency showcases its commitment to diversity.
This year’s celebration featured a trio of performance artists. Poet and playwright Karla Smith performed an original spoken-word performance about songstress and civil rights leader Nina Simone. A second piece, engaged the audience in rhythmic drumming. setting the stage for a narrative about Harriet Tubman. A third peformance , “A Rose By Any Other Name is Still a Rose, ” addressed contemporary issues of black identity.
Youth counselor Michelle Hall, always a favorite performer, collaborated with a teen, to read, “A World Without Black People.”
Following the performance, Board Member Tonya Hampton, Senior Director of Diversity at Health Partners, led a panel discussion about civil rights. Panelists included Minnesota Judge Martha Holton Dimick, Minneapolis Police Civilian Review member Bob Brisco, and Community Activist Adrian Mack.