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Reflections about the book:

“Voices of Rondo: Oral Histories of Saint Paul's Historic Black Community”


“Thank you for allowing me to preview Voices of Rondo. This is a wonderful book that really preserves the legacy and history through our voices today and for the next generation. I am impressed with this fabulous book and we are excited to put it in the Givens Collection of African American Literature at the University of Minnesota.”

Archie Givens, Sr.
The Archie Givens Collection of African American Literature, housed in the Special Collections and Rare Books department of the University of Minnesota Libraries, seeks to collect preserve and promote the use of books that document the literary history and cultures of African Americans.
September 9, 2005


Voices of Rondo is indeed an interesting, timely and important revelation. Reflections from this rich variety of persons whose lives were a part and parcel of that once vibrant community makes for a compellingly grand and informative narrative. The content of their collective words speaks with great authority and human interest to their activities of work, and play, the challenges of everyday living, joy and social struggle . This splendid account of reminiscing about Rondo days speaks volumes as a representative impression of The National African American experience, exposing it's complexity, resilience, creativity, it's achievements, it's unassailable and monumental dignity.”

Mahmoud El-Kai
Retired Macalester Professor
August 26, 2005


“I truly enjoyed reading the stories of this distinguished group of African Americans, many of who l have come to know quite well. Through their voices, I now have much deeper understanding of the community that nurtured their talents. Thanks for sharing your stories.”

Dr. Patricia A. Harvey
Superintendent of Saint Paul Schools
August 2005

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