Past community activities and events:
2018 Diversity Day and Peace Run
The Bloomington Human Rights Commission, in partnership with the Office of Educational Equity, hosted the annual Diversity Day and Peace Run on May 4. 2018. Diversity Day is planned by student leaders from Jefferson and Kennedy High Schools in Bloomington. An estimated 300 students from the two High Schools started the run together at Jefferson High School and ran to the finish line at Civic Plaza where they cheered on by City staff. Mayor Winstead welcomed students to Civic Plaza and Caren Stelson from World Citizen, a non-profit organization that empowers communities to educate for a just and peaceful world, praised students for using their voices in making a positive difference in today’s society. The winners from the Poetry & Spoken Word Contest shared their winning poems.
Diversity Day is supported by the Bloomington Police Department, Communications Division, Multicultural Advisory Committee, League of Women Voters, Richfield Bloomington Credit Union, Bloomington Education Foundation, and the Jefferson and Kennedy PTSA’S.
Celebrating 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act
This celebration included a special video* produced by the Minnesota State Council on Disability and Twin Cities Public Television (TPT), et al., which highlighted history of the ADA in Minnesota. The video was followed by a program of local disability advocates in the community, including U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank.
*This video is funded in part by a grant from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008.
Watch a series of videos with Bloomington advocates for disability rights.
Minnesota Black Baseball
A rich history of Minnesota baseball lives on through memories and conversation of the Minneapolis Millers and the beginning of the Twins. The Twins got their start here in Bloomington at Metropolitan Stadium. You can still run across home plate in Nickelodeon Universe, where the Mall of America now stands. The Minnesota Black Baseball event highlighted local teams and black players who often went unidentified and unrecognized for their athletic ability due to the color of their skin. For more information on the historical exhibit, “They Played for the Love of the Game: Adding Legacy of Minnesota Black Baseball,” contact Ramsey County Historical Society.
The Legacy of Dred and Harriet Scott
Dred Scott Playfield
The City of Bloomington has installed four interpretative signs, donated by the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association at the Dred Scott Playfield. Dred Scott Playfield was originally dedicated by the City of Bloomington in 1971 on the recommendation of the Bloomington Human Rights Commission and Parks and Recreation. Next time you are out at Dred Scott Playfield, look for the four plaques that identify the legacy of Dred and Harriet Scott.
To read more:
Dred Scott Foundation
Historic Fort Snelling: Dred Scott’s Quarters
Historic Fort Snelling: Slavery
TC Daily Planet
United States District Court: District of Minnesota