"Just because something's a tradition doesn't make it right." — President Obama on the traditions of suppressing women and flying the confederate flag.
Secretary of State Steve Simon urged Minnesotans to “stay restless” in their pursuit of voting rights for all Americans at a ceremony in St. Paul honoring the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Minnesotans who helped make the historic legislation a reality.
On Thursday, Simon honored five Minnesotans, including civil rights pioneer Dr. Josie Johnson and the four surviving members of the 1965 Minnesota congressional delegation – Vice President Walter Mondale, Governor Al Quie, U.S. Representative and Minneapolis Mayor Don Fraser, and U.S. Representative Alec Olson. Minnesota was one of the proud states where all voting members voted in favor of the Voting Rights Act.
Video of Ceremony, National Voter Registration Day
President Obama and his Kenyan host disagree on LGBT rights. Obama supports LGBT rights for all of Africa. President Uhuru Kenyatta says LGBT rights are not a priority for his country for now.
Could what happened in Ferguson, Missouri happen in Minnesota? That's one of the questions an ACLU-MN panel discussed while examining the disparities between how whites and people of color are treated by police officers.