Costume worn by Prince in the movie Purple Rain

Costume worn by Prince in the movie Purple Rain

Costume worn by Prince in the movie Purple Rain, 1984.

Tambourine from the movie Purple Rain

Tambourine from the movie Purple Rain

Tambourine from the movie Purple Rain, 1984.

Lyrics to “I Hope We Work It Out”

Lyrics to “I Hope We Work It Out”

Prince’s hand-written lyrics to “I Hope We Work It Out,” 1977. Manuscript Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.

Prince performing “Purple Rain” at First Avenue, 1983.

Prince performing “Purple Rain” at First Avenue

Prince performing “Purple Rain” at First Avenue, August 3, 1983. Photograph by Joel Bremer. CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Prince (1958–2016)

Prince was a Minnesota-based singer, songwriter, musician, studio engineer, actor, director, dancer, and music legend. Over his nearly forty-year career, he sold more than100 million albums; he also won seven Grammys and an Oscar. He was the main creator of the “Minneapolis Sound,” a blending of rhythm and blues, funk, rock, pop, punk, and new wave that defined the music of the 1980s.

Said Salah Ahmed

Said Salah Ahmed

Poet, playwright, and teacher Said Salah Ahmed in a still from the documentary film Somalia: A Nation of Poets, which premiered on Twin Cities PBS in January 2017. Used courtesy of Ka Joog and Twin Cities PBS.

Hodan Ugas

Hodan Ugas

The spoken word artist Hodan Ugas, granddaughter of the poet Rage Ugas, in a still from the documentary film Somalia: A Nation of Poets, which premiered on Twin Cities PBS in January 2017. Used courtesy of Ka Joog and Twin Cities PBS.

Abdi Farah (Abdi Phenomenal), Safiya Tusmo, and Awil Ali Waarabe

Abdi Farah (Abdi Phenomenal), Safiya Tusmo, and Awil Ali Waarabe

Composite image of Abdi Farah (Abdi Phenomenal), Safiya Tusmo, and Awil Ali Waarabe in stills taken from the documentary film Somalia: A Nation of Poets, which premiered on Twin Cities PBS in January 2017. Used courtesy of Ka Joog and Twin Cities PBS.

Somali Poetry in Minnesota

Somali poetry is a unique art form with an ancient history and a living legacy. Since 1991, it has connected Somali and Somali American refugees living in the United States with those who remain in their East African homeland. In the twenty-first century, Somali Minnesotans have kept their poetic traditions alive by forming arts groups, organizing public performances in the Twin Cities, and encouraging young people to become poets.

Worthwhile 4-H Club members, 1949.

Worthwhile 4-H Club members

The cast of the one-act play Henry’s Mail-Order Wife, 1949: Glen Torkelson, Ron Peterson, Toni Tofely, Phyllis Ristau, Alvin Torbi, and Leo Wold (at front). All were members of the Worthwile 4-H Club.

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