State Capitol dedicates a ‘place and space’ for Nellie Stone Johnson – and all she represents

A new statue unveiled in the Capitol yesterday celebrates the legacy of Nellie Stone Johnson, a towering figure in Minnesota’s labor, political and civil rights history.  After a ceremony that included music, a video remembrance and speeches from the honoree’s colleagues and admirers, Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan joined the youngest members […]

Fundraising push supports Nellie Stone Johnson bust in Capitol

Nellie Stone Johnson, the Minnesota-born labor and civil-rights activist, left a legacy of “firsts.” Now, Minnesotans have an opportunity to add to that legacy by making Johnson the first woman, first African American and first labor leader honored with a bust in the State Capitol. The Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton last session authorized honoring […]

Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship deadline is May 31

The postmark deadline for students to apply for a Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship in the 2014-15 academic year has been extended to May 31. The fund awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 to minority students from union families who attend or plan to attend a technical college, community college or university in the MnSCU […]

Ellison to give keynote at Nellie Stone Johnson scholarship fundraiser

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison will give the keynote address at the 2014 Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship Dinner and Silent Auction at the Prom Center in Oakdale March 27. The Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship Fund, named after a lifelong crusader for social justice, labor rights and higher education in Minnesota, awards scholarships to students of color […]

Apply now for Nellie Stone Johnson scholarships

Applications for the annual Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship, available to minority students from union families, will be accepted through May 1. The scholarships range from $500 to $2,000. To be eligible, students must attend or plan on attending one of the 31 technical colleges, community colleges or state universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and […]

‘Nellie’ begins run at History Theatre Jan. 26

History Theatre’s production of “Nellie” tells the story of pioneering Minnesota labor activist and civil rights activist Nellie Stone Johnson (1905-2002). The show will run Jan. 26 through Feb. 17 at History Theatre downtown St. Paul. A Minnesota hero, Johnson’s feisty spirit and drive to succeed made her a political force to be reckoned with […]