Music, Health and Wellness Summer Series at Rondo Plaza

Our summer events are here! Rondo Plaza would like to welcome our community to our Music, Health and Well Summer Series. This series will be featuring Zumba and Tai Chi classes, Drumming classes provided by the Heart and Soul Drum Academy, and music performances from Lady J and Jamela Pettiford

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History Revealed Special Event: Melvin Whitfield Carter II with Marvin Anderson, Diesel Heart

History Revealed Special Event Melvin Whitfield Carter II with Marvin Anderson, Diesel Heart Tuesday, May 7, 7:00 pm East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul, MN 55106 https://www.rchs.com/event/history-revealed-diesel-heart/ Full of humor, toughness, hard work, and surprising vulnerability, this book shows the bitter weight of racism and the power

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St. Thomas students of the “Social Inequality: Power and Privilege” course tour Rondo Plaza

On April 6, 2019, Marvin Roger Anderson greeted St. Thomas University Adjunct Professor Laura Fischer and her students in the class: “Social Inequality: Power and Privilege” for a tour of the Rondo Commemorative Plaza and discussion on the Rondo community.  

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Rondo Children’s Book Conference Held at Jackson Elementary School

From March 25-27, Jackson Elementary School hosted the Rondo Children’s Book Conference. The program focused on the Rondo Children’s Book Series, which includes Joey and Grandpa Johnson’s Day in Rondo written by Dr. Artika R. Tyner and illustrated by Broderick Poole and Mr. Rondo’s Spirit: A Story About a Man

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Reclamation through Interpretation: One Community’s Path to Healing

How Urban Communities are Healing in the Wake of Destruction by Transportation Infrastructure. This article appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of NAI Legacy Magazine. The passage of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 launched a massive program of federally funded interstate highway construction. This program, which continued into the

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Marvin Anderson: Rondo and the many stories of ‘One Minnesota’

I was delighted to hear Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz mention the Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul during his inaugural address in January. While elaborating on his vision for One Minnesota, he mentioned the importance of establishing good relationships between state government and local leaders to help their communities thrive. He

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Rondo Plaza Selected by St. Thomas to Receive President’s Community Partner Award

We are excited to announce that the Rondo Commemorative Plaza has been selected by the University of St. Thomas to receive the President’s Community Partner Award at the Minnesota Campus Compact’s Annual Summit and Award Ceremony. This award is given annually on behalf of Minnesota Campus Compact member institutions to

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A New Pocket Park In St. Paul Memorializes a Neighborhood Destroyed by Interstate Constructions

In 2013, a two-story commercial building at the corner of Concordia Avenue and Fisk Street in St. Paul, overlooking I-94, went up in flames. Architecturally, the structure was unremarkable. But to many members of St. Paul’s African American community, the building, which had functioned over the decades as a restaurant,

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Rondo Inc. buys little-used church next to historic plaza

Marvin Anderson woke up Saturday morning with an epiphany. He’s not entirely sure how the donors who have helped him acquire a small church in St. Paul’s Summit-University neighborhood will take it, but on Tuesday morning, he plans to spring the idea on them anyway. Perhaps fittingly, he’ll offer an

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Commemorative Plaza revives the spirit of Rondo

Nearly 60 years ago, Interstate Highway 94 split through the heart of Saint Paul’s primarily African American Rondo neighborhood. On Saturday, July 14, hundreds gathered to reconnect the neighborhood at the opening ceremony for Rondo Commemorative Plaza. The Plaza was created to honor the Rondo community and educate the youth

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