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Founded in 1929, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Inc. is an African American, nonprofit social service agency open to all, primarily serving the Summit University area of Saint Paul, Minnesota and the broader Twin Cities metro area. The organization was born as the result of the vision, commitment and tireless efforts of several community leaders in the 1920’s.
It was during this decade that the St. Paul Urban League was formed in an attempt to address the growing social problems facing African Americans in the capitol city. Under the direction of Executive Secretary Elmer A. Carter, the St. Paul Urban League provided dynamic leadership at a time when it was greatly needed. Carter initiated the first formal step in addressing the needs of St. Paul’s black community by conducting a survey of possible facilities where critical programs and services could be implemented.
In January 1929, an advisory committee met to formulate new plans for a community center to be housed at the former Central Avenue Branch of the Y.W.C.A. On April 1, 1929, Miss I. Myrtle Carden, the center’s first Executive Director, met with the Board of the St. Paul Urban League to discuss a name for the center. It was determined that the name for the new community center should be chosen through an essay contest in which essayists profiled the life of an outstanding leader. Herbert Howell, a student at Hamline University, won the contest with his essay about the African American educator, elocutionist, women’s suffrage leader, and author, Hallie Quinn Brown. Thus, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Inc. was born.
Not long after it was established, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Inc., moved to the Masonic Hall at Aurora and Mackubin until it relocated in 1972 to our current home in the Martin Luther King Center at 270 North Kent Street. When the current facility was built, our primary service area doubled to include the entire Summit-University community.
IMG_1656Hallie Q. Brown Community Center has thus evolved from an independent human services provider to a multi-service center and is the administrative body of the Martin Luther King Center, which houses our partners offering specialized services and programs, including the nationally recognized Penumbra Theatre Company.
Although, Hallie Q. Brown began as a settlement house for African Americans denied services from other agencies, we long ago opened the center’s services to all people. Historically, our service center has been mixed racially and economically. Approximately one-third of St. Paul’s people of color live in the Summit-University and nearly 50% of the population are minority residents (by link). The area continues to evolve demographically and Hallie Q. Brown provides a wide range of services designed to reflect the character of the Summit-University community as a whole.
The Small Business Community Association is dedicated to collecting and organizing information, training, and services that are vital to small business owners, entrepreneurs, and anyone else that needs help running a business, operating a business, or wants to know how to start a business.
The mission of the Small Business Community is to promote a vibrant and growing small business community, support education that will preserve and extend the future of small business and use our gifts within the small business community to serve others for the betterment of our world.
The Small Business Community vision is to enthusiastically advance small businesses in three key areas:
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