The Northside Oral History Project centers on the stories of residents who have lived in the Penn/Plymouth area for decades. Through this work, we will elevate the stories of resistance and resilience that have made the community what it is. The purpose of this project is to bring residents and City staff together to create asset based systems change.
Hi, my name is Yonica Jameson, and I was raised in North Minneapolis.
Hi, my name Wanda Austin, and I have lived in North Minneapolis for 40 years.
Hi, I’m Thomas Beasley, and i have lived in North Minneapolis for a little over 42 years.
Hi, my name is Theartrsee Williams, and I have lived in North Minneapolis since 1967.
Hi, my name is Thandisizwe Jackson-Nisan, and I was born and raised in North Minneapolis.
Hi, my name is Teresa Williamson, and I have lived in North Minneapolis for seven years.
Hi, my name is Tanya Wooten, and I grew up in North Minneapolis.
Hi, my name is Susan Breedlove, and I have lived in North Minneapolis since 1969.
Hi, my name is Sharon El-Amin, and I have lived in North Minneapolis for 25 years.
Hi, my name is Savannah Thomas, and I work in the North Minneapolis area.
Hi, my name is Princess Titus, and I have lived in North Minneapolis for 22 years.
hi, my name is Portia Jackson and I have lived in the North Minneapolis area for 3 years now.
Hi, I’m Ora Hokes, and I’ve lived in the North Minneapolis are for 35 years.
Hi, my name is Michael Chaney, and I have been an activist in North Minneapolis for the last 40 years
Hi, my name is Marcia Johnson, and I have lived in the North Minneapolis area for 15 years.
Hi, my name is Makram El-Amin, and I grew up in the North Minneapolis area.
Hi, my name is Kevin Jenkins, I am 62 years old, and I have lived in the North Minneapolis area all my life.
Hi, my name is Kenneth Rance, I am a resident in North Minneapolis.
Hi, my name is Jewelean Jackson, and I have lived, played, worked, and prayed in this area for 40 years.
Hi, I’m Jenese Thomas, I have lived in the North Minneapolis High School area for four years.
Hello, my name is Gretta Maxwell and I have been living in North Minneapolis since 2001.
Hi, my name is Gloria Reese, and I lived in the North Minneapolis are until I moved five years ago.
Hi, my name is Floyd Smaller, and I have lived in the North Minneapolis area for 49 years.
Hi, my name is Donald Johnson, I have lived in the North Minneapolis area since 2006.
Hi, I’m Deseria Galloway, I lived in North Minneapolis for approximately 12 years.
I’ve been a resident at my home for 47 years, it sits on the corner across from the park and down the street from Al McFarlane who publishes Insight News…
my family came here to the United States when I was a year old and since we lived here, we’ve always lived on the north side.
I got here in ’91. I lived on Lyndale and 26th for four years.
Alika & Ralph Galloway
Well some things that I’ve seen that I think are positive is there seems to be an effort to garner more input from the
community, from the citizens of the community.
I live just a few blocks from where I live over by North High School. So I pretty much have lived there all my adult life.
The Resilience in Communities After Stress & Trauma (ReCAST) Minneapolis program is funded through a multi-year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. ReCAST Minneapolis is intended to assist high-risk youth and families to promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently faced civil unrest through the implementation of evidence-based violence prevention and community youth engagement programs, as well as linkages to trauma-informed behavioral health services. SAMHSA created the ReCAST program to support communities that have lived through demonstrations of mass protests in response to police-involved shootings of unarmed African-American males.
The ReCAST Minneapolis program is a citywide initiative focusing on the nineteen neighborhoods in North, South and Cedar-Riverside areas. While the qualifying event that enabled the City of Minneapolis to apply for the grant was rooted in North Minneapolis, the need to address community trauma and resiliency is necessary in all areas of Minneapolis.
- Building a foundation to promote well-being, resiliency, and community healing through community-based participatory approaches.
- Creating more equitable access to trauma-informed community behavioral health resources.
- Strengthening the integration of behavioral health services and other community systems to address the social determinants of health, recognizing that factors, such as law enforcement practices, transportation, employment, and housing policies, can contribute to health outcomes.
- Creating community change through community based, participatory approaches that promote community and youth engagement, leadership, development, improved governance, and capacity building.
- Ensuring that program services are culturally specific and developmentally appropriate.
- Increasing the capacity of first point of contact staff and trusted community partners to provide trauma-informed service and care.
The Voices from RECAST
Minneapolis Online Project
is brought to you by:
McFarlane Media & Insight News
McFarlane Media – Insight News started in 1974 as a color-cover magazine based in and serving Minneapolis’ African American north side. It was owned by Graphic Services, Inc., a general printing and magazine publishing firm in Northeast Minneapolis. Al McFarlane, headed the Midwest Public Relations division of Graphic Services.
Artwork Provided by Juxtaposition Arts
Juxtaposition Arts envisions the youth of North Minneapolis entering the creative workforce as dynamic innovators and problem solvers with the confidence, skills, and connections they need to accomplish their educational and professional goals, and to contribute to the revitalization of the communities where they live and work.
Juxtaposition Arts develops community by engaging and employing young urban artists in hands-on education initiatives that create pathways to self-sufficiency while actualizing creative power.
UBAA & Dynasty Television
The UBAA is an African American Community Influencer Network in partnership with Dynasty Television the Marketing Liaison to The Urban Broadcast Association of America. We are a multi-cultural entertainment / promotional marketing agency that presents original content to connect audiences with our content providers, client partners and Media Affiliates. We call it – CULTURETAINMENT reaching over 65 million people on social media in addition to millions more in terrestrial radio, streaming video and print distribution.