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Office for Equity and Diversity

42nd Annual University of Minnesota
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert

We invite you to join us for the 42nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert on Sunday, January 15 at 3 pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall. This year’s concert, which will be live-streamed, honors the 60th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and our partnership with the DREAM Initiative. Free and open to the public. Learn more and find concert streaming information at

The program, hosted and curated by U of M alumnus G. Phillip Shoultz, III of VocalEssence, intermixes the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with performances from U of M students and the greater Twin Cities community. Featuring artists from VocalEssence Singers of This Age and more. 

This annual event honors Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. Reginald Buckner, founder of the MLK, Jr. Concert, and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity and the School of Music. 

For disability accommodations, contact the Office for Equity and Diversity at

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GFMBC Music Ministry Presents Game Night!

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023

Time: 4 PM - 10 PM

Place: 5851 University Ave NE, Fridley, MN

           Min Darnell Davis Apartment Complex Party Room


Contact Cynthia: 612-636-7626

Use Sign-up Genius link below to bring a requested game or snack item:

Friendship Community Services Communiversity has partnered with Waterford Upstart to provide online learning opportunities for Pre-K students to prepare them for Kindergarten.  



Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Reminder: Sign-up for Vaccine Clinic Saturday, Dec. 18th, 11am - 3pm




Vaccine Clinics 12/17 - 12/22/2021

December 17 - Harvest Preparatory School

1300 Olson Memorial Hwy, Mpls - 10 am - 6 pm

December 17 & 18 - Wilson's Image

2124 W. Broadway, Mpls - 10 am - 3 pm

December 18 - Greater Friendship Church

2600 E. 38th St, Mpls - 11 am - 3 pm

December 18 - Zimmer Law Firm

155 Wabash St, #100, St. Paul - 1 - 5 pm

December 21 - YouthLink

41 N 12th Street, Mpls - 1 - 4 pm

December 22 - Opportunity Center

740 E. 17th Street E, Mpls - 8 am - 12 pm

Stairstep Foundation | 2115 Plymouth Ave. N, 2115 Plymouth Ave. N,
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Saturday, November 27, 2021

2021 December Announcements

Minneapolis Guaranteed Basic Income Pilot

We give families who need it a monthly income boost.


Vaccine Clinics December 22 & December 28

First, Second & Booster Shots

for all ages 12 & Up!

December 22, 2021 from 8 am - 12 pm

Opportunity Center

740 E 17th Street E, Minneapolis

December 22, 2021 from 4 pm - 7 pm

Higher Ground Emergency Shelter

4165 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis

December 28, 2021 from 11 am - 3 pm

New Salem Baptist Church

2507 Bryant Ave. N, Minneapolis

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Stairstep Foundation | 2115 Plymouth Ave. N, 2115 Plymouth Ave. N,
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Prayer List – Dec 21, 2021

Pastor & Sis Russell

All Families affected by COVID-19  

The George Floyd Family   

The Youth of The World

President Joe Biden

VP Kamala Harris                                              

Keith Ellison  

Chief Medaria Arradondo                               

Mayor Jacob Frey 

Governor Tim Walz  

Donald Trump

Cicely Carr (Starting New Bookstore)

Robbins & Edwards Family

Gwen Taylor

Tyneshia Walker

Denise Taylor

Ocean Reign Collier

Carla Ballard and her Niece & Family

Tiwana Porter

Kamen Strohman

Daniel Paler – COVID-19

Deaconess Murray & Family

Deaconess Shirley Gardner & Transportation

Dederick Hicks 17 years old suffering due to COVID-19

Doris Floyd

Tone Porter – COVID-19

Aaron McKinney

Family of 12-Year Old victim of violence

Taylor Strohman

Orr Family

Pat Jones Family for loss of Mother


Porter Family

Greater Friendship

Marva Montavo – Healing Body

Bethlehem Baptist reconciliation

Prayer for Peace about Vaccination Status

Tabie Samuels

Mara Montabo – 

Rev. Cheryl – successful surgery

Sis. Roseann Jones & Family

Prayer for Peace

Breedlove Family

Marie Hammond

Star & Nephew

Johnny Fortune (Wanda’s Dad)

Praise Report – Fortune Stiffin Family (Wanda’s Father)

Pastor & Deaconess Bolden

Bowen, Emmons, and Miller Family dealing with cancer

Carol and Nelson’s Oldest Grandson

Sis. Lauren Simms

Lester Swanson & Family

Dr. Nikole Logan & Family

Brad Website developer

Ratliff family in Mississippi

Marquel Homecolm

Crystal Tanksley

Daniel Taylor - COVID-19

Deaconess Gezelle’s Aunt & Family

Shonda Allen, Daughter, & Grandson Ja’kari Lee

Deaconess Paris Marshall – COVID-19

Derek Christiansen parents Terry and Judy

Mother Joann Champs Daughter

Nicole Lott Catlain

Prayer for Gayle Smoot for healing from COVID-19

The Moore family for healing from COVID-19

Carol Ratliff knee pain

Ms Rose Williams and family. Ms. Rose daughter Rose Marie, passed away on 08/28/2021

Dr. Alma Ward & Deacon Steve Ward

Ruth Williams – Had Stroke

Bashir Wright

Steve & Laura Johnson & Family

Nelson & Carol Ratliff & Family

Prayer to quell violence

Louis Garcia

Aaron McKinney – Court

Alex King

Miller Family

Ina King

Taylor Family: Sheila, Gwen, Sharryneeka

Jones & Law Families

Deaconess Norwood & Family

inda Benson back surgery

Shonda Allen’s – grandson Jacari

Yolanda Miller Prayer of Thanks for Dad

Anthony Perfoil

McKinney Shot in lower back

Lloyds Bridgeford

Bob Morrison

Kayman Strohman

Shelby Pew - Health

Pray for GFMBC

Regina Atlin & Family

Gospel Light Baptist Church

Alex King & Family

Pastor Danny Lanyer & Northcrest Baptist Church, Mississippi

Laura McKinney Back Surgery, Aaron & Deon McKinney back to church.

Deaconess Paris Marshall and Daughter Amaris Marshall

Bethesda Baptist Church

Georgia's cousin Vernetta whose daughter was shot and killed

Swanson Siblings

Charlie Graves

Dr. Fred Iglesia Family

Meridian, MS (gun violence)

Robert Williams Family (FedEx Driver)

Corderral Foster - Friend who wants revenge

Sis. Toni & Bro. Earl Pettiford

Dr. Alma Langley-Ward 

Scott-Sawyer Family

King Family

Barber Family after daughter death

Becky Sloan and Her Brother Dale

Kaylesha Houston

Mother Janice Norris

Baby Elody – Heart Transplant

Charlie Graves

Maggie Roslyn

Protection for Friendship Academy

Doris Floyd

Shirley Porter & Family of Harold Porter

Change in Life-Styles Women’s Group

Dr. Denise King

Shirley Jones


Yolanda Gail Miller Napue & Family (Loss of Father)

Dr. Harper Knee Surgery

Laura McKinney Back surgery

Mother Champs & Daughter  (COVID-19)

Middle School Children – wisdom to grow in wisdom

Rev. Cheryl Powell-Williams

Prayer for Meridian Mississippi – Stop the violence

Friendship Academy of The Arts

Deaconess Betty Murry - Housing

Isabelle Scott

Mary Papsidori

Wilbur Sawyer

Sharmaine Russell-God knows

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Friendship Academy of the Arts | 2600 E. 38th St. , Minneapolis, MN 55406






This is a citywide alert.  Stay aware of your surroundings!

About the Crime:

A pattern has been identified - ride-share operators with Uber and Lyft operating within the City of Minneapolis are being primarily targeted.  Multiple incidents include some or all the following actions:

  • A request for service is made from a stolen phone.
  • An individual meets the ride-share driver and asks them to wait a few minutes.
  • A group of armed individuals may arrive in one or more stolen vehicles and block the exit of the ride-share driver.
  • The group of armed individuals surround the ride-share vehicle, demand the driver to exit the vehicle, and take the driver’s wallet, phone, and phone security code.
  • Some drivers have been assaulted, including being pistol whipped.
  • The group of armed individuals leaves in the vehicles they arrived in and take the ride-share vehicle, as well.
  • Vehicles used by the suspects are typically listed as stolen and/or have stolen plates or no plates.

Who should be most concerned:

  • EVERYONE! To date, residents have rarely been the target of these car jackings, but everyone needs to take precautions.    
  • Ride-Share operators need to take extra precautions to stay safe.

What you can do:

For Ride-Share Operators:

  • Stay aware of your surroundings, even when in a locked vehicle.
  • Avoid using your phone for more than a couple of seconds.
  • Be extra cautious if asked to wait for the customer(s).
  • If you are not in a populated area with visible pedestrian and vehicle traffic, leave immediately if you see one or more vehicles or individuals approaching nearby.

If you become the victim of this type of crime:

  • Give up the vehicle - do not fight to keep the car.
  • If you are confronted by an assailant(s), remain calm, do not argue.
  • Along with a description of the suspect(s), try to remember any unique physical characteristics (scars, limp, acne, teeth, manner of speech, etc...).
  • Never pursue fleeing assailants - provide information and suspect(s) descriptions to responding officers.
  • If video surveillance equipment is available, please save a copy of the incident for investigating detectives.
  • If approached by a witness to the incident, request contact information.
  • Contact 911 immediately and remain on scene, if possible.

For residents:

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