PPGJLI's Rondo: History & Values Anthology to be Released Soon

By: Planting People Growing Justice
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Dec. 30, 2023 - PRLog -- Planting People Growing Justiceā„¢ Leadership Institute (PPGJLI) founder, Dr. Artika R. Tyner, announced that the nonprofit organization plans to release its highly anticipated Rondo History and Values Anthology in January 2024. The book contains the works of 25 Black literary artists from St. Paul, MN.

"This book raises awareness about the history and values of the Rondo community and is an inspiration for Black literary artists to use the arts to create social change," said Tyner.

In the 1930s, the majority of African-Americans living in St. Paul, MN, were centered in Rondo. It was an important hub of African-American life with thriving businesses, institutions, and organizations. The community valued the arts, culture, and education. It was a center for Black baseball and an important center for the advancement of civil rights.

Their American dream was shattered when construction for the I-94 highway began in the late 1950s. The road was routed through the center of Rondo, forcing residents to evacuate One in every eight residents lost their home or business and many never recovered. However, the spirit of Rondo continues to live on in the present and through the Rondo: History & Values Anthology (https://www.ppgjli.org/rondo-anthology).

Statistics in 2020 revealed that 6.11 percent of U.S. literary artists are Black or African-American. There is a need for missing narratives and cultural preservation. The Rondo Anthology addresses those needs and brings to the forefront literary voices from within the Black community.

The Rondo: History & Values Anthology is just one of the ways that PPGJLI (https://www.ppgjli.org/) is working to increase literacy rates, inspire future leaders, and preserve African American history and culture. The project is supported in part by the City of St. Paul Cultural Sales Tax Revitalization Project. PPGJLI is a 2022 Top Rated Non-Profit, has a Gold Transparency 2022 rating, and maintains a 5-star rating.

About Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute
Launched in 2015 by Dr. Artika Tyner, the PPGJLI provides a platform for the initiation of social change, cultivation of collective leadership, and promotion of public policy advocacy. The organization's goal is to challenge 10,000 leaders worldwide to make a difference in their communities. Its founder is an educator, author, highly sought speaker and advocate for justice. Connect with PPGJLI on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

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