2015 Facing Race Ambassador Awards recipient – Nekima Levy-Pounds

Published on Apr 30, 2015

Nekima Levy-Pounds is a civil rights attorney, an award-winning professor of law at the University of St. Thomas Law School, and a tireless advocate for social justice. She serves as the chair of the Minnesota State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and she is a co-chair of Everybody In, a group of more than 40 stakeholders from different sectors dedicated to improving employment opportunities for people of color by 2020. Nekima is also active in the local Black Lives Matter movement, working with young people to raise awareness of systemic issues that impact African Americans. As a blogger and racial justice activist, Nekima’s work has been featured in the Star Tribune, MinnPost, Minnesota Women’s Press, Minnesota Lawyer, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, the Twin Cities Daily Planet, and on Minnesota Public Radio.

Link to The St. Paul Foundation Ambassador Awards website.

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Special session drama, Nekima Levy-Pounds, bird flu update, Minnesotas Military Family Tribute, 100 Things to Do in the Twin Cities Before You Die, tpts American Graduate initiative, former lawmaker panel  Original Broadcast: 06/12/2015  Length: 1 hour, 1 minute, 58 seconds.

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A message from NAACP Minneapolis President-Elect Nekima Levy-Pounds


IMG_2167It has taken me so long to post about last night’s Minneapolis NAACP elections, because frankly I was overwhelmed with gratitude by the love & support that many of you showed me. I am eternally grateful that so many of you showed up, made the sacrifice to pay the membership fee, & voted in the election. It was remarkable to watch the changing of the guards take place before my very eyes. Thank you for choosing me to serve as your president of the Minneapolis branch of the NAACP!! I will not let you down!

I am blessed to know that we made history last night by electing a cabinet made up entirely of women– black women–which apparently has never happened before. The photo includes all of the remarkable women who were elected, save one, Lissa L Jones. It will be my honor to serve with these ladies as we stand and fight for justice and a break from the status quo. God is with us. And if He is for us, who can be against us?

Our first meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 12th from 6:30-8:00pm at Northpoint Health and Wellness at 1315 Penn Ave. N. All officers will be given the oath of office on that evening, so please join us!


Thank you all again for your love, prayers, & support! It made all the difference in our success.

Blessings and much love to you all!
Nekima, President-elect, Minneapolis NAACP

Nekima Levy-Pounds Announces Candidacy To Become NAACP Leader

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Posted by: Libor Jany under People and neighborhoods Updated: April 16, 2015 – 8:39 PM (Full Article)

Nekima Levy-Pounds holds the M. Shanara Gilbert Award from the Association of American Law Schools.

Pledging to “shift the paradigm in Minneapolis and the Twin Cities for people of color,” Nekima Levy-Pounds, a college law professor and civil rights activist, announced her candidacy today for president of the Minneapolis NAACP chapter.

The outspoken Levy-Pounds, who has been at the forefront of the local “Black Lives Matter” movement, turned her sights on the leadership of the beleaguered chapter, announcing her candidacy in a Facebook post on Thursday. The incumbent, Rev. Jerry McAfee, has come under criticism in recent months for letting the chapter slip into dormancy, IBNN News reported.
Minnesota NAACP chairman W.C. Jordan said in an interview with the website that he had been “instructed and given the authority” by the organization’s national office to call a special election this spring for McAfee’s seat. The election will be held on May 2.
“As many of you are aware, communities of color in Minnesota are facing intolerable racial disparities in every key indicator of quality of life,” Levy-Pounds said in the statement. “Well frankly, I feel that enough is enough.”
The statement continued:
“I am tired of politics getting in the way of justice. I am tired of people making excuses about the gaps in unemployment and education. I am tired of seeing African Americans being criminalized and unfairly punished at every hand. And I am tired of folks being comfortable with the status quo. It is for these reasons that I have decided to run for president of a long-standing and important community institution, such as the Minneapolis branch of the NAACP.”


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Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds Honored with Saint Paul Foundation Facing Race Ambassador Award


Article University of St. Thomas’ Helen Clarke Ebert  Photograph by Mark Brown

Posted on March 16, 2015

University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds is a 2015 recipient of the Saint Paul Foundation Facing Race Ambassador Award, which honors Minnesota’s anti-racism activists.

Levy-Pounds, who serves as a civil rights attorney, law professor and founding director of the award-winning Community Justice Project at UST School of Law, also was recognized this year as Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer and a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree. She will be recognized with the Facing Race Ambassador Award on April 28 during an awards ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Saint Paul-Riverfront.

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Nekima Levy-Pounds on race relations in Minnesota Issues

University of St. Thomas law professor Nekima Levy-Pounds called on racial-justice advocates in St. Paul to keep raising awareness about Minnesota’s racial disparities at a Feb. 18, 2015, event. Laura Yuen | MPR News

You’re a law professor and mother. Do you experience this disparity firsthand?

I attended a business circle event at the Guthrie, and that event consisted of Mayor Betsy Hodges giving a presentation on equity in the city. And so prior to the event, there was a reception. I was at that reception, I sat in the corner, away from most people. I had a lot of people come over to that area. Well, several of the people, maybe three or four were African-American. That gave me the sense that there was racial diversity in the room. But once we moved into the auditorium, and I looked around, I realized that those three or four African-Americans who had approached me were the only other people of color in the room, besides myself. I could not believe it, given the conversation was about equity. I said how can we dare have a conversation about racial equity in the city of Minneapolis, and there are four or five people of color in the room.

‘Miracle of Minneapolis’ article sparks outcry over MN’s racial disparities

Lindsey Seavert, KARE 9:06 p.m. EST February 18, 2015