Hello friends. It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Monthly Marquee of local social justice and cultural events in Minneapolis and St. Paul. I missed April—so sorry! I’ve been quite busy with various freelance projects as well as buying a house! But there are a few great events in May I want to be sure to highlight for you. I very likely will not be able to attend any of these because of all the good, busy things going on in my life this month. But I’d love it if you went and told me about it so I can learn through you!
May 3: Cinco de Mayo Festival
Description: Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a parade, 5K race, jalapeno eating contest, live entertainment, and more!
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Cinco takes place along Cesar Chavez Street between Robert Street and Highway 52 on Saint Paul’s West Side.
May 7: Untold Stories: Film Screening – “Whiteness in Plain View”
Description: Join author, professor and filmmaker Chad Montrie for an introduction to his new documentary project, “Whiteness in Plain View,” about racial exclusion in American towns and suburbs. He uses Edina and Austin, Minnesota as case studies, describing the circumstances of labor, housing, and race for African Americans. Following this film segment, Montrie discusses his research into the historical, legal, customary, and traditional practices among organized labor and business owners invested in keeping suburbs and towns all-white throughout most of the twentieth century.
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Ave. St. Paul
Description: Brothers Jim and Bob Burgess, and sister Susan, are mired in a childhood trauma: when he was four, Bob unwittingly released the parking brake on the family car, which ran over their father and killed him. Originally from small Shirley Falls, Maine, the Burgess brothers have long since fled to vastly disparate lives as New York City attorneys. Egoistic Jim is a famous big shot with a corporate firm. Self-effacing Bob leads a more low-profile career with Legal Aid. High-strung Susan calls them home to fix a family crisis: her son stands accused of a possible hate crime against the small town’s improbable Somali population. The siblings’ varying responses to the crisis illuminate their sheer differences while also recalling their shared upbringing, forcing them finally to deal with their family history.
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: The Advocates for Human Rights, 330 Second Avenue South, #800, Minneapolis, MN 55401
May 21: “A Night in the Life” Documentary Viewing (Breaking Free)
Description: Please join us for the premiere screening of the Breaking Free from the Life documentary and a celebration of the release of its companion book featuring the stories and art of sex trafficking survivors. All proceeds from the event will fund our new housing program for sexually exploited youth.
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 (documentary shown at 7:00)
Location: The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Cost: General Ticket $20, Students $10
Did you go to one of these events? Share what you thought of the event in the comments. You can also share other March social justice events below—be sure to include the date, time, location, and a URL for more information.