Fighting racism in greater Minnesota

Duluth police officers and protestors meet at the 5th Avenue
Duluth police officers and protesters meet at the 5th Avenue West overpass during a protest over the death of George Floyd Saturday, May 30, 2020 in Duluth, Minn. Over 1,000 people gathered at the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial in downtown Duluth and marched to the Duluth Civic Center to protest the death of George Floyd. After the initial protest was over, a smaller group headed for the freeway and eventually shut it down.
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All eyes were on the Twin Cities after the killing of George Floyd, but protests were springing up all over the state.

MPR News host Angela Davis talks with two activists from greater Minnesota and a journalist who covered protests in Willmar about what the fight against racism looks like in their cities.


  • Tanisha DeRungs is a student at St. Cloud State University, who works as an activist in Mora, Minn., where she graduated from high school.

  • Jamaal Abegaz is an activist and organizer in Moorhead and a founding member of Fargo-Moorhead’s new Black Lives Matter chapter.

  • Patrick Bernadeau is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota. He covered the protests in Willmar and wrote an opinion piece about his experience.

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