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The Green Book Project

Beam Project Type: Programming     Project in Develop Phase

The project is planned for Black History Month (February) 2019. It will utilize seven components to illustrate, educate, and allow visitors to vicariously experience discrimination and racism. The planned components are: 1) two full-size diorama displays, 2) a video history of travel-related discrimination experienced by Rochester residents, 3) an exhibit of Floyd Cooper’s art, 4) a personal appearance by Floyd Cooper, 5) commercially-produced videos relating to The Green Book, 6) interactive digital displays, and 7) the history of racism in Rochester, Minnesota.


Lead Organization: History Center of Olmsted County Close the dialog

Confirmed Collaborators: History Center of Olmsted County

Potential Collaborators: Diversity Council



Level 1: Arts & Culture ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Heritage Preservation

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Project Objectives

In spite of the progress that has been made on racial justice in the last 75 years, racism is still a divisive force in this country. The Green Book Project is intended to tell the story of one aspect of this discrimination, and raise awareness of the injustice endured by people of color in the not-so-distant past. The goal is to promote racial learning, understanding, and inclusion in our community and schools. The target audience is the entire population of the greater Rochester, Minnesota area.

Highlight Activities

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Status Reports Related PlanScape Status on: Arts & Culture, Diversity and Inclusion, Heritage Preservation

October 16, 2018: Cradle to Career publishes community report

Cradle to Career published Community Report and recruiting Collaborative Action Network (CAN) conveners for Kindergarten Readiness and On-Time Graduation.

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September 18, 2018: Diversity Council newsmaker

A sample of Diversity Council community engagement activities.

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September 16, 2018: Agreement with Minnesota Department of Human RIghts

RPS, ISD 535, entered into collaboration agreement with MDHR.

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July 30, 2018: Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights)

July 18, 2018 Commissioner Lindsey of the MN Department of Human Rights Forum with Rochester Community.

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July 11, 2018: Prosperity Initiative


Minority Business Conference hosted by SBDC, Diversity Council and Prosperity Initiative

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June 22, 2018: Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement

Recruiting members to join Community Engagement Workgroup.

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June 19, 2018: 2018 RPS Discipline Data Update - Information

At the 6/19/2018 school board meeting, the following discipline data was presented.

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June 18, 2018: Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement

Volunteers are needed to help facilitate a Poverty Simulation on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.
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Last modified by support on 2018/09/27
Created by support on 2018/01/20

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