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November 2021 First Friday

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter joined Dr. Yohuru Williams, founding director of St. Thomas' Racial Justice Initiative  meaningful conversation about racial equity, educational disparities and where we go from here.

Friday, Nov. 19, 2021
Noon - 1 p.m. Central Time
Online:  Free Zoom webinar

Melvin Carter

Melvin Carter, Mayor of St. Paul

Since taking office in 2018, Mayor Carter’s accomplishments include raising the city’s minimum wage; reestablishing an Affordable Housing Trust Fund; expanding immigrant & refugee support resources; and launching an Office of Financial Empowerment. Mayor Carter commonly recites his administration’s mantra: “Building a city that works for us all means we all must do the work.”

Prior to his election in 2017, Mayor Carter served as a Saint Paul City Council Member; Founding Board Chair of the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood; Director of the Minnesota Office of Early Learning; and Executive Director of the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet.

A proud graduate of the Saint Paul public schools, Mayor Carter holds a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration from Florida A&M University and a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He resides in Saint Paul with his wife, Dr. Sakeena Futrell-Carter, and their children.


Yohuru Williams

Yohuru Williams, University of St. Thomas

Dr. Yohuru Williams is Distinguished University Chair and Professor of History and founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the St. Thomas. He received his Ph.D. from Howard University in 1998. Williams is the author, editor, and coeditor of eight books in addition to numerous scholarly articles. He has appeared on a variety of local and national radio and television programs and was featured in the Ken Burns PBS Documentary Jackie Robinson, the Stanley Nelson PBS Documentary: The Black Panthers, and the History Channel docuseries “The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen."