Celebrating Five Minnesota Racial Equity Leaders

MCF member The Saint Paul Foundation will honor five anti-racism advocates at its sixth annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards on April 23. Free tickets for the event are available now through April 13.

This year’s recipients of the Ambassador Awards are Macalester College Professor Emeritus Mahmoud El-Kati and Steve Pederson, an executive leadership team member with Diversity Resource Action Alliance in Alexandria. President  and CEO of The Saint Paul Foundation Carleen Rhodes says that El-Kati and Pederson “have demonstrated remarkable leadership, personal sacrifice and commitment to making every member of our community feel safe, valued and respected.”

Three others will also receive honorable mentions for their efforts to end racial disparities:

The award celebration also features a keynote address by Dr. Anton Treuer, a Bemidji State University professor and cultural preservationist working to restore the Ojibwe language as a means of healing the wounds of racism.

Free tickets are available through April 13 at the Facing Race website; RSVPs are required.

Congratulations and thank you to these five honorees for their efforts to bring racial equity to Minnesota!

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