Michelle Bruch

Yesterday's dream today

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A church refuses to forget past heroes of integration

In 1954, Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church posted a sign at the front of the Loring Park church: “Welcome to Persons of All Races.”

The sign went up one year before Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Ala., 11 years before Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech, and 14 years before the national Methodist Church organization ended a segregated Central Jurisdiction for black Americans.

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