For Immediate Release

Media contact:
Teri Watts
The Imani James group
1 888 509 9614 x80 hot line

All Youth are invited to let their voices be heard at unique rally
on the North side of Minneapolis!

[April 17, 2007, Minneapolis, MN] The Hip Hop, Faith Based, Political, Non Profit, Health Care, Education, Entertainment Communities, along with Public Officials, Celebrities, plus elders are coming together April 21, 2007 from 12-2 p.m. for a powerful Youth Rally at North High School, 1500 James Ave. North, Mpls, MN !

This non partisan event is a call for those ages 14-35 to Let their voices be heard at the 2nd Annual, Hear My Voice! Are You Listening? Stop the Violence, Civic and Political Engagement and Voter registration rally in memory of Emmett Till!

Hosted by B-Right with Radio Ones’ B 96, Sheletta Brundidge, Assignment Editor KSTP TV/5 Eyewitness News and comedian. Dynamic speakers to raise the roof, include David Pederson from the MN Hip Hop Caucus, Ronnique Hawkins, film maker and founder of the Anti Lynching Movement from New York, Rev. Otis Clark, Youth pastor from Progressive Baptist Church, Saciido Shaie, a White House project/GO RUN! participant and board member of Somali Family Services, Pakou Hang former field director for the Minnesota chapter of America Votes and candidate for St. Paul City Council, Danielle Epps, Miss Minnesota International 2007, Giselle Urgarte Miss Teen Minnesota International 2007, Thandisizwe Jackson-Nisan, North High Student & 2006 National Ideal Miss America Teen along with Congressman Keith Ellison who will provide the welcome.

Get ready…..the talented and gifted performers include Youth from the Minnesota Spoken Word Association, Dance teams from North and Harding High School, Gospel and Hip Hop Gospel from the Gospel Soul Productions, Hip Hop from DIALEK, Music by TraXX and more!

Fitness Queen Sheila St. James will be on hand to provide healthy fitness and eating tips.

Carl Eller ( MN Viking Hall of Fame), Trent Tucker ( Trent Tucker Foundation, former NBA player), Troy Hudson and other Timberwolves and LYNX Players, Fred Robbins former MN Viking now a NY Giant, Dr. Maulana Karenga (author and creator of Kwanzaa and Nguzo Saba, the seven principles and guest of the U of M’s Swahili day), local, state and federal public officials, political candidates and community leaders have all been invited to attend.

A ceremony led by elders (ages 36 & older) to pass the baton to the next generation will close out the 2007 annual rally.

For more information, call the Hear My Voice… line 1 888 509 9614 or send an email to

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