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Community activities

Past community activities and events:

Diversity Week

In collaboration with Bloomington Public Schools, the Human Rights Commission celebrate diversity and peace through a series of activities and events.  This includes keynote presentations, exhibitor booths, t-shirt logo contest and a peace run.

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

Event reviews:
TC Daily Planet
United States District Court: District of Minnesota

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