March 2012 10,000 Fresh Voices Archives

Yinghua Academy is blazing new trails. In 2006, the Chinese-immersion school opened in Northeast Minneapolis as the first of its kind in the Midwest, with just 76 students. Today the student body is comprised of more than 400 children, and the school receives more than twice as many applications annually from parents hoping to enroll their kids. KFAI producer Amy Daml toured the school and spoke to students and parents at the Academy.

Black Men Reading is a North Minneapolis book club and study group modeled after groups that formed in Harlem during the 1920s and 1930s. For more than 10 years, Black Men Reading (which also includes women) has been meeting regularly to read and discuss literature, building role models in the Black community. KFAI producer Will Wright attended a session, and met Ezra Hyland, the group’s facilitator.

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