Civil Rights Department announces its 2024 History Makers at Home honorees

February 12, 2024

Community leaders and their contributions will take center stage when the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department holds it 2024 History Makers at Home awards program. The event honors African American leaders and organizations dedicated to elevating, engaging, and educating their community and improving their quality of life.

“These honorees truly embody the Civil Rights Department’s focus of elevation, engagement, and education. Whether it’s their art, sociopreneurship, or canvassing their communities doing violence interruption and prevention, they are individually and collectively removing barriers for the good of individuals, families, neighborhoods, and the Twin Cities,” said Minneapolis Civil Rights Director Alberder Gillespie.

This year’s honorees include:                              

  • Nothando Zulu – a master storyteller/author who passed away in September 2023.
  • Larry Cook – Senior pastor of Real Believers Faith Center, entrepreneur, mentor, and community leader.
  • Violence Interrupters – Community-led outreach groups working to end violence.
    • Touch Outreach
    • WePush4Peace
    • MAD DADS of Minneapolis
    • Restoration Incorporated
    • Metro Youth Diversion
    • Strength Group
    • Maleta (Queen) Kimmons of One Family One Community 
  • Dr. Josie Johnson – an iconic civil rights leader and activist.

The guests will be honored on Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway Ave., beginning at 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public and is part of a series of programs for Black History Month 2024.