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"This is not an anti-white protest. This is not an anti-police protest."

Cheryl Reitan

Members of Black Men Serving Excellence, photographed earlier this month
First row: (l to r) Michael Kirkendoll, Javien Versey Chamere Thomas, Jackyse Jacox, Barry Moreland
Second Row: Joshua Brown, Dayvia Gbor, Treyvon Cahalan, Corey White Jr., Justic’e King
Third row: Marcus McLin

UMD assistant football coach Marcus McLin wanted to see more Black men as leaders,  and represented that way on campus and in the community.

So last fall, he helped found the independent student organization Black Men Serving Excellence.

True, Duluth is a largely white community.

True, there aren't a lot of Black people in positions of power and influence here.

"But we're here now," says McLin. "What can we do while we're here?"

The peaceful protest on the UMD Campus will be this evening (Wednesday, September 17, beginning at 5pm in the parking lot outside Malosky Stadium. Masks are mandatory and social distancing will be enforced.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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