North Star Journey

North Star Journey is a celebration of communities in Minnesota and the champions who are doing the work that we should be bringing a voice to. We hope to bring new understandings of our state and what brought us to today. About | Credits

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Hennepin Healthcare makes its case for more equity, inclusion training
The Minneapolis hospital now requires doctors and other health professionals to undergo equity and inclusion training. The program is atypical in the health field, but one that hospital leaders say is crucial in their mission to serve the entire city. Here’s how it works.
The influence of Black music: How 'Flyte Tyme' changed the world from a recording studio
The 1970s Minneapolis-based funk band and the studios which bore its name in the ‘80s and ‘90s crafted music which has captivated fans around the globe.
'Losing is learning': Life lessons from an iconic Minneapolis basketball coach
MPR News host Angela Davis talks with longtime high school basketball coach Larry McKenzie about mentorship, motivation and high school athletics.
160 years of sanctuary at Pilgrim Baptist Church
St. Paul’s Pilgrim Baptist Church first formed in 1863 when a group of formerly enslaved people, led by a man named Robert Thomas Hickman, began worshiping together. The historic church is celebrating 160 years this weekend.
Trailblazing golfer working to get more Black women and girls in the game
On the South side of Minneapolis more than a half century ago, Lynnette Landry fell in love with the game of golf, and she is still working to make the sport more accessible to everyone, including Black girls and women.
Architect Damaris Hollingsworth on how buildings can be welcoming
MPR News host Angela Davis speaks with Minnesota architect Damaris Hollingsworth about how she brings an inclusive perspective to design as a Black woman and an immigrant. 
Meet Leeanna Lor, Miss Hmong Minnesota pageant winner and burn unit nurse
Since 1984, the Miss Hmong Minnesota pageant has embodied confidence, beauty and pride in the local Hmong culture. It’s about “what you can bring back to the community and how you use that platform to help others,” Lor said.
Three years ago, the world watched Lake Street sustain significant damage after the murder of George Floyd. But business owners cleaned up, came back and insisted that this recovery be accessible to all. Were they successful? Listen to this live In Focus discussion hosted by MPR News host Angela Davis.
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