Youth Facilitators

JJ Hill Elementary School learns about the transformation of the Rondo community - 2017

Jackson Elementary Rondo Children’s book Conference – Artist Broderick Poole & Mychal Batson with Jackson Elementary Staff

“Towards an African Education” contributing writers at reception for Dr. Haki Madhubuti keynote speaker for the 2019 Sankofa Event

Film maker Malcolm Fields and Jeremy talk about the film - The Secret of Being Black in Duluth, MN - 2017

Elder Marvin Roger Anderson presents at the Jackson Elementary Rondo Children’s Stories Book Conference

Pamela Fletcher-Bush Saint Catherine’s’ Professor and editor of the Rondo Children’s books present on her Sabbatical with In Black Ink 2018-2019

Elder Josie Johnson and Elder Mahmoud El-Kati weekly conversations -Collection of conversations to be podcasted -2017-2018

Elder Naima Richmond shares her Minnesota Migration Story with In Black Ink - 2018

Thomasina Petrus and her Trio Band at the Sankofa Series

Attendees at the Rondo Children’s Story Book Launch – Repa Mekha of Nexus Community Partners, Karen Gray and Nora Hall of GrayHall LLC., and Kimberly Nightingale of the Saint Paul Almanac/Arcata Press

Artist Workshop

Council Person Andrea Jenkin at Sankofa Event

Table Discussions - Sankofa Events

“Whose Telling Our Story” – Minnesota Institute of Art (MIT) Art and Healing Workshop

Community Embrace – Sankofa Event

Dr. Artika Tyner – Author of Joey and Grandpa Johnson’s Day in Rondo – Story Circle with Elementary Students

Minnesota Humanities Center – Book Launch 2018

Shakita & Njia Lawrence-Porter Attendees receive a free copy of the new publication

Youth tabletop facilitators

Sankofa Event

Elders enrich everything we do!

Youth Facilitator Training

All Families learn from the sharing of our stories and diversifying of the Minnesota landscape

Reaching out across the generations – everyone has a story to tell

Augsburg University – Foss Center – Book Launch 2019

Support from members of the Historical Society – Department of Inclusion and Community Engagement

Youth activities

Community discussion on The Way – Camille Maddox – Graduate student share her research and interview elders who founded and built the Northside organization

Reception with Dr. Madhubuti – hosted at the Network for the Development of Children of African Descent

Youth Facilitator

It was a full house – Sankofa Series Event

Authors and Artist for Rondo Children’s Stories

Participants at the Sanfoka Series Event 2019

In Black Ink provides publishing arts initiatives and opportunities for communities that have been disenfranchised historically, and continue to be presently. IBI’s cultural literacy programming mitigates the damage of economic, educational, and cultural inequities that are the result of past and current prejudice and discrimination.


What an honor it is to have Harriet Bart, an internationally revered artist who creates evocative content through the narrative power of objects, the theater of installation, and the intimacy of artists books create art for this fundraising campaign. She has a deep and abiding interest in the personal and cultural expression of memory. One edition of Harriet Bart’s Pleas/Please, 2020 is a gift with your $100+ donation to In Black Ink (while supplies last).


The Women Changing the Face of Publishing

In 2009, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave a Ted Talk about the danger of a single story. As a child in Nigeria, she wrote about what she had read in other stories, which primarily featured white American or British characters. Her characters were also white and drank...

Exhibits at Minnesota African American museum keep George Floyd’s spirit alive

Tina Burnside doesn't want people to think that George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police was an isolated incident. Co-founder of the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery, she sees it as part of Minnesota's history of systemic racism....

Black writers talk healing and the importance of shared experiences

Pulitzer Prize winner Gwendolyn Brooks knew the value of Black publishers as both marketers and, importantly, an empowering social and cultural construct. Which is why, in 2002, she turned down a lucrative deal to stay with Harper & Row, going instead with Black...

Towards An African Education: A Biia Book Review

Summary: This book is a collection of articles written by the Black community for the Black community. These articles focus on education in our communities especially with a focus on children and us as an African people. By communities I mean all our communities. Some...

Book Reading and Discussion – A Sankofa Series Event

In this event, three of our selected authors will read and discuss their writings; Mahmoud El-Kati, Professor Emeritus of Macalester College, Eric Mahmoud President/CEO/Founder of Seed Academy and Harvest Best Academy, and Dr. Rose Brewer, Professor in Department of...

In Black Ink advances cause of children’s education

“Towards an African Education: Selected Writings on the Education and Development of Children of African Heritage” edited by Mahmoud El-Kati, is the newest offering from In Black Ink. The book launched in October in conjunction with In Black Ink’s Sankofa Series event...

Black Women Must Write, and Publish!

In this segment of Urban Agenda, I’m in studio with Rekhet Si-Asar, Founder of ‘Ink Black Ink’, and Lesley Anne Brown, Author of ‘Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black Woman to her European Son‘. Join us as we explore myriad issues that are a part of living as...

Capturing Our Stories

IN BLACK INK SHARES THE ABSENT NARRATIVES OF MINNESOTA’S PEOPLE OF AFRICAN HERITAGE By definition, a story is an account of incidents or events. When certain narratives are absent, we miss points of view that strengthen the rich colorful fabrics of community. In Black...

The new location of In Black Ink

The new location of In Black Ink… How two buildings aim to help black-owned businesses grow on Selby Avenue Selby Milton Victoria Project is the product of the first commercial land trust in St. Paul. April 1, 2019  

The Midway Chamber of Commerce donates to In Black Ink

The Midway Chamber of Commerce donates to In Black Ink to support literacy and book giving in the heart of St. Paul Thank You Dr. Artika Tyner for recommending IN BLACK INK for this great honor! This was announced February 9, 2019 at the Chamber’s Centennial...



An annual event that provides an intergenerational forum to discuss critical and relevant issues concerning the community. An issue-oriented publication is produced to accompany discussions and events.


A repository of artists of African descent that contribute/participate in the local and statewide publishing arts community in Minnesota.


Elder’s Story and Archival Circles where elders gather to share stories of specific moments in time and/or accounts of their life stories.  Stories, circle time and event are videotaped and archived for the purpose of building the IBI archival library.



“Paul Rondo, a Pullman Porter, lived in the Rondo neighborhood before the Interstate 94 freeway was built in the 1960’s. Mr. Rondo tells about his life in Rondo and how it changed over time….”


Joey grew up in a historical African American neighborhood called Rondo during the 1940’s. On his weekly Saturday adventure with his grandpa, he learns about the rich cultural heritage of his community and the power of entrepreneurship. 


Kasserian Ingera, “How are the children?” The Maasai warriors of East Africa would ask this most important question of each other in passing. The question is of the highest importance because it assesses the future of the community. 

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