Resource Links

African American Registry – African American Registry is an unparalleled scholarship opportunity for American heritage.  We are the “Field of Dreams” of the black experience in the United States.  We train K-12 educators, serve parents and inspire students of all ages every day with articles, media and interactive platforms on Africans Americans and Africans from the continent.

Amnesty International – Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights.  Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

ARCH Language Network – ARCH Language Network is a premier provider of comprehensive language communication services for the Twin Cities, Greater Minnesota, and beyond. Our services include interpretation, translation, and transcription as well as interpreter training, cultural awareness and diversity training.

COMPAS – Young Audiences – Minnesota’s resource for creating the dynamic intersection between artists and participants, where community-building and whole-brain learning changes people’s lives.

Cultural Jambalaya – Cultural Jambalaya, a 501(c)(3) Minnesota-based nonprofit, is a 100-percent, volunteer-run organization that uses international cultural photography to promote understanding and respect for all people. Cultural Jambalaya’s DVDs use photography as a creative teaching tool for educators in the classroom to illustrate our diverse cultural backgrounds. Cultural Jambalaya also works with multicultural businesses and organizations as part of their diversity initiatives, and marketing or employee programs.

Diversity Minnesota – Diversity Minnesota has been helping the varied cultures in Minnesota for over 10 years. We have an active outreach program designed to help Minnesotans connect with their community and employers committed to cultural diversity in their workforce.

ELM (Electronic Library for Minnesota)

Facing Race – The goals of the Facing Race We’re All in This Together Initiative fall into two categories:

  • addressing racism at the individual level; and
  • addressing racism at the institutional level.

The Givens Foundation for African American Literature –  In 1972, the Archie and Phebe Mae Givens Foundation was established to provide scholarships in support of the academic success of African American students in the Twin Cities.  In 1985, the focus of the Givens Foundation’s mission shifted to African American literature when the Foundation partnered with 10 community families and the University of Minnesota to purchase a 3,000 piece-collection of African American Literature from a New York collector.  As a growing and unique collection of more than 18,000 African American literary works and cultural objects representing more than 230 years of African American literature and life, the Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature continues to inspire the mission and programs of the Givens Foundation.

Today, the Givens Foundation for African American Literature is a 501(c)(3) public charity with a mission to enrich cultural awareness and learning through programs that promote and celebrate black literature and writers.  Givens Foundation programs engage nearly 4,000 students, educators, readers and writers in the Twin Cities each year.  In the last five years, our literary arts education program, Spirited Minds and Strong Souls Singing, has become an innovative solution that has supported the academic engagement of more than 6,000 Twin Cities students by delivering black literary artists and storytellers into classrooms to use African American literature as a springboard for teaching reading and writing.  Our NOMMO African American Authors Series has explored the state of the art of African American literature with literary masters such as Amiri Baraka, Angela Davis, Yusef Komunyakaa, Ishmael Reed, Sonia Sanchez, Ntozake Shange, and John Edgar Wideman.  Our Givens Black Writers Collaborative Retreat pairs national and state mentoring authors with emerging black writers to promote the “writing life” and to seed the future of African American literature. Lastly, our Givens Black Books Community Reading Campaign has increased access to quality literature in the African American community and has featured diverse activities and events that encourage reading as an integral part of daily life for more than 800 participants.

Google Cultural Institute – Discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces.

Hennepin County Public Library

Hmong Pages – Hmong Pages is a monthly news magazine. We serve as a source for the Hmong communities and businesses.

Insight News – Insight News is a weekly publication that provides information, instruction, and inspiration in a user-friendly, culturally relevant communications vehicle.

Islamic Resource Group – The Islamic Resource Group (IRG) is pleased to offer you an opportunity to learn about Islam and Muslim cultures from American Muslims. IRG provides trained and certified speakers for all types of educational and non-educational settings in Twin Cities and surrounding areas. Our speakers make these presentations in a manner that is respectful of the First Amendment freedoms and are designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Covering basic Islamic terminology, beliefs and practices
  • Providing tailored information about Muslims as it relates to the needs of the host group/organization
  • Correcting misinformation about Islam
  • Fostering a sustainable relationship between institutions and the local Muslim community

Kim Tong Translation Services – KTTS is an established leader in the fields of interpretation and translation. As we enter our second decade of distinguished service, we continue our dedication to providing superior language solutions to companies, as well as individuals. To date, over 250 different organizations have benefited from our expertise.

KTTS maintains a stable roster of over 500 qualified interpreters. Although we specialize in medical and social services interpreting, we also have qualified interpreters for legal and corporate interpreting needs.

Our staff of professional interpreters, combined with our team of excellent customer service representatives, sets us apart from our competitors. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take immediate or future requests, and can be depended upon to offer creative, innovative approaches to breaking down the communication barrier in 60-plus languages.

La Prensa – Latino Communications Network is the most effective way to reach the growing Minnesota Latino community.

Library of Congress – The Library’s mission is to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people.

Minnesota Humanities Center – The humanities are branches of knowledge concerned with human thought and culture—language, history, literature, civics, philosophy, ethics, jurisprudence, religion, anthropology, archaeology. Often referred to as liberal arts, these branches combine to form a foundation for human interaction and connection. The Humanities Center focuses on the humanities to build a thoughtful, literate, and engaged society through professional development for educators, literacy programs, and community partnerships.

Minnesota International Center – For more than 50 years, as Minnesota’s Door to the World, the Minnesota International Center (MIC) has provided rich and varied opportunities for individuals from Minnesota and around the world to serve as citizen diplomats and to gain a deeper understanding of their place in the world community. Each of MIC’s four program areas is designed to offer these connections to children and adults alike.

Though technological advances have increased the tools for communicating, MIC believes face-to-face exchanges remain the most powerful means to equip ourselves and our children with the knowledge, skills and experiences to:

  • connect and communicate across cultures on a personal level;
  • understand the impact of the world on our personal and professional lives;
  • comprehend the complexity of global issues;
  • nurture the next generation of international leaders, policy makers and workers

Nobel is the official web site of the Nobel Prize. Here you will find information for every Nobel Prize since 1901, including the Nobel Laureates’ biographies, Nobel Lectures, interviews, photos, articles, video clips, press releases, educational games and more. ( is a registered trademark, and is produced, managed and maintained by Nobel Media. Nobel Media AB is a Swedish corporate entity and subsidiary of the Nobel Foundation Rights Association, a non-profit association managing the rights of the Nobel Foundation.

Northwest Suburban Integration School District #6078 – The Northwest Suburban Integration School District #6078 (NWSISD) was created in 2001 in response to the State of Minnesota’s Desegregation Rule. Specifically, NWSISD was established based on the identification of the Brooklyn Center and ISD 279 – Osseo Area Schools as racially isolated entities as defined by the Desegregation Rule.

NWSISD originally included seven member districts: Anoka-Hennepin School District, Brooklyn Center Schools, Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools, Elk River Area School District, Fridley Public Schools, ISD 279 – Osseo Area Schools, and Rockford Public Schools. Mounds View Public Schools joined the consortium prior to the 2010-2011 school year.

NWSISD works with districts within the consortium to provide programs and services that promote integrated learning environments and enhance diversity and cultural awareness.  The goals of NWSISD are as follows:

  1. NWSISD will assist member districts in creating a culturally inclusive learning environment.
  2. NWSISD will help create inter-district interactions among students, staff and parents that improve inter-cultural competency and increase student achievement.
  3. NWSISD and member districts will actively recruit candidates from racially diverse backgrounds for member districts.

Outreach World – A Resource for Teaching Kids About the World

Perpich Center – The Perpich Center for Arts Education strengthens the arts education community, and improves access to high quality arts experiences to students statewide.
An agency of the State of Minnesota, the Perpich Center serves students, teachers, artists, schools, and arts organizations throughout Minnesota. The Center’s mission is to provide all Minnesota students the opportunity to develop and integrate their artistic and academic abilities to their highest potential.

RACE – The Power of an Illusion (PBS) – Race is one topic where we all think we’re experts. Yet ask 10 people to define race or name “the races,” and you’re likely to get 10 different answers. Few issues are characterized by more contradictory assumptions and myths, each voiced with absolute certainty.

In producing this series, we felt it was important to go back to first principles and ask, What is this thing called “race?” – a question so basic it is rarely raised. What we discovered is that most of our common assumptions about race – for instance, that the world’s people can be divided biologically along racial lines – are wrong. Yet the consequences of racism are very real.

How do we make sense of these two seeming contradictions? Our hope is that this series can help us all navigate through our myths and misconceptions, and scrutinize some of the assumptions we take for granted. In that sense, the real subject of the film is not so much race but the viewer, or more precisely, the notions about race we all hold.

We hope this series can help clear away the biological underbrush and leave starkly visible the underlying social, economic, and political conditions that disproportionately channel advantages and opportunities to white people. Perhaps then we can shift the conversation from discussing diversity and respecting cultural difference to building a more just and equitable society. (Larry Adelman)

Teacher’s DomainTeachers’ Domain is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. You’ll find thousands of media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities.

Teaching Tolerance – A place to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools.

The African News Journal

The Circle – News from a Native American perspective. The purpose of The Circle’s website is to create an online community where Minnesota’s American Indian people can share their news, photos, events and thoughts about Indian Country and other American Indian related topics.

Where to buy Artifacts:

Cafe Finspang – Scandinavian Food & Gifts
920 E. Lake Street, Ste. 103 Minneapolis, MN 55407

First American Crafts & Gifts
14524 Mystic Lake Drive Prior Lake, MN 55372

Hmong Handicrafts
920 E. Lake Street, Ste. 140 Minneapolis, MN 55407

Shakopee Trading Post
723 1st Ave. W. Shakopee, MN 55379

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