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‘Do you believe in the universal brotherhood and sisterhood?’

Rep. Keith Ellison greets the audience and speaks with Catherine Scott, (left) a member of St. Mark AME, and Marilyn Heltzer, (far right) a new resident to Duluth. (Photo by David Clanaugh, NAACP Duluth Branch communications chair) 1 / 3
Xavier Bell chairman of the NAACP Duluth Branch Political Action Committee co-emceed the event. Left to right, Xavier Bell, Keith Ellison and Sen. Rick Nolan. (Photo by David Clanaugh, NAACP Duluth Branch communications chair) 2 / 3
Rep. Keith Ellison greets college students attendees. (Photo by David Clanaugh, NAACP Duluth Branch communications chair)3 / 3

The first African-American to be elected to the U.S. Congress from Minnesota visited Duluth on Monday to speak about “The State of Black America and the Way Forward.” Rep. Keith Ellison delivered his address at  St. Mark AME Church. He spoke about what people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds can do to move toward an equitable, just and peaceful future.

Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all of Minneapolis and parts of Ramsey and Anoka counties.

Ellison said that that racism and other divisive social strategies are used to manipulate vulnerable people and keep them stuck in limited economic and political power.

“The tactics of racism bewilder, confuse and divide the white working class," Ellison said.

He stressed that all need to move beyond blaming people for racism or feeling ashamed of racist heritage. "We have the shame and the blame but then we end up getting nowhere," he said.

The real question, he said, is, "Do you believe in the universal brotherhood and sisterhood of all people?"

The event was sponsored by the NAACP Duluth Branch.

To see a video of the whole speech visit the NAACP website: duluthnaacp.org, or visit Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6ixG4o_6wE

 
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