New ‘Twin Cities Pilgrimage’ Offers Experiential Learning About African American Experiences in Minnesota

Healing Minnesota Stories and the Minnesota Council of Churches are excited to announce a new place-based learning opportunity called the Twin Cities Pilgrimage which will be a sacred journey of historical black narratives in Minnesota. It will follow the model of Healing Minnesota Stories’ popular and transformative Dakota Sacred Sites tours, which we have offered for nearly eight years.

Pastor Danny Givens will lead the Twin Cities Pilgrimage, which will offer stories of African American Origin, Sanctuary, Diaspora, Liberation, and Lament. The initial Pilgrimage will be Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. We will carpool and caravan to a few Twin Cities sites, such as the old Ronda Neighborhood which was displaced by I-94. We will listen to the stories that live in these spaces.

To keep this experience accessible to as many people as possible, Healing Minnesota Stories isn’t setting a registration fee. We will take a collection at the tour’s conclusion; participants are invited to make a donation in the range of $45-$75.  To register for this transformative experience, please contact Jim Bear Jacobs, the Council of Church’s Director of Racial Justice, at jimbear.jacobs@mnchurches.org.

Healing Minnesota Stories is an initiative of the Minnesota Council of Churches; the Twin Cities Pilgrimage will be part of the Council’s racial justice offerings. Last year alone, Healing Minnesota Stories conducted 40 Dakota Sacred Site Tours, reaching more than 1,200 people. The experience of learning in and from place has proved transformational for thousands of people over the last several years.

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