Ramsey County History Magazine Volume 56-4 Winter 2022

Ramsey County History magazine offers a wide variety of articles on the people, places and history of Ramsey County.

Volume 56, Number 4: Winter 2022

Fifty Years of Friendship Connected in Community Service: The Minneapolis-St. Paul (MN) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
Author: Marion Jones Kennon
In 1972, sixteen women joined in friendship and service to charter the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MN) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Today, their chapter is one of 292 across most of the US, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom. These women—attorneys, businesswomen, CEOs, healthcare professionals, judges, social justice advocates, and others—have pledged to contribute their time, talent, and treasure to make a difference in the lives of African Americans and people of African ancestry. Through a five-facet programming model, they provide important and life-changing services to youth, promote and celebrate the arts, seek ways to help others locally, nationally, and internationally, and make healthcare a priority in communities of color. See author Marion Jones Kennon’s article to learn more about these dynamic Twin Cities changemakers over the last fifty years.
PDF of M. Jones Kennon article
Additional Reading:
Introducing Heir Links and Connecting Links by Marion Jones Kennon
See the 2021 Pandemic Film Festival of the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MN) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated:  https://msplinks.org/2021/02/pandemic-film-festival/

“We Learn What We Live and Live What We Learn” Growing Up at 1022 Rondo Avenue
Author: Marion Jones Kennon
When reflecting on our lives, our childhood memories often stand out with clarity. For St. Paul-native Marion Jones Kennon, it’s the remembrance of long-ago days growing up at 1022 Rondo Avenue that she holds close to her heart. She can still scamper through the alley to Oxford and south five blocks to the J. J. Hill School in her mind, and the aroma of a hearty vegetable soup simmering on a stovetop always transports her back into her mother’s warm and welcoming kitchen. Kennon continues to live by some of her parents’ favorite sayings and lessons, and she keeps in touch with a few friends she played tag with when they were but eight years old. Enjoy this sensory walk down memory lane. Kennon’s story is sure to invoke fond memories for you, our readers, as well.
PDF of M. Jones Kennon article
Additional Reading:
City of Saint Paul Proclamation

Forgotten to Time? The Search for Scottie Primus Davis
Author: Steve Trimble
It is said that a supportive family, caring friends, and strong mentors can influence the person we become. Such was the case with young Scottie Primus Davis, who spent her formative years in St. Paul, Minnesota. She grew up in the Rondo neighborhood under the tutelage of devoted and involved parents and many well-respected “movers and shakers” of the day, including J. Q. Adams, the Farr sisters, Nellie Francis, the Lyles, and others. So it wasn’t a surprise when the determined Davis was the first Black woman to graduate from the University of Minnesota in 1904. It may not have been a surprise that she became a no-nonsense English teacher at high schools in Kentucky, and, later, Kansas. And it wasn’t much of a surprise that she continued her pursuit of lifelong learning, picking up credits at several universities and—oh yes—a master’s degree from Harvard. What is surprising is the story of this remarkable woman has never before been told. But thanks to author Steve Trimble, who followed a few scant leads, readers now have the honor of learning about the incomparable, the unforgettable (Miss) Scottie Primus Davis. (190)
PDF of S. Trimble article
Additional Reading:
Hookworm Attitude in English by Scottie P. Davis
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated by Steve Trimble