Ellison Speaks at Dist. 281 Cultural Exchange
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said race might be the most critical issue of our time. He capped off an all-day community cultural exchange hosted by Robbinsdale Area Schools at Armstrong High School.
“Quite honestly, there aren’t too many things more important than re-imagining brown, rediscovering brown and making sure that every child in our country, state has the full opportunities afforded to them,” said Ellison in the keynote address.
Robbinsdale Area Schools invited the community to come out and participate in the cultural exchange. The day featured breakout sessions as well as opportunities to observe cultural performances.
“What we wanted to do was have a cultural exchange and talk about what’s going on in America, what’s going on in Minnesota and what’s going on in our area,” said Carlton Jenkins, superintendent. “We wanted it to be a community conversation, not just about the school.”
Jenkins says the district felt inspired to host this event after reading the April 2019 issue of Educational Leadership magazine, “Separate and Still Unequal=Race in America’s Schools.” The article sparked a national discussion on race and equity.