Black and white photograph of left to right: Audre Lorde, Meridel Le Sueur, and Adrienne Rich, c.1980.

Left to right: Audre Lorde, Meridel Le Sueur, and Adrienne Rich

Left to right: Audre Lorde, Meridel Le Sueur, and Adrienne Rich, c.1980.

Black and white photograph of Meridel Le Sueur (right) with writer and poet Molly Culligan (left), 1980.

Meridel Le Sueur (right) with writer and poet Molly Culligan (left)

Meridel Le Sueur (right) with writer and poet Molly Culligan (left), 1980.

Black and white photograph of Meridel Le Sueur, c.1975.

Meridel Le Sueur, c.1975.

Meridel Le Sueur, c.1975.

Black and white photograph left to right: Gerald Vizenor, Chester Anderson, and Meridel Le Sueur, c.1974.

Left to right: Gerald Vizenor, Chester Anderson, and Meridel Le Sueur

Left to right: Gerald Vizenor, Chester Anderson, and Meridel Le Sueur, c.1974.

Black and white photograph of Meridel Le Sueur, c. 1940.

Meridel Le Sueur

Meridel Le Sueur, c.1940.

Black and white photograph of Arthur Le Sueur, stepfather of Meridel Le Sueur, c.1912.

Arthur Le Sueur

Arthur Le Sueur, stepfather of Meridel Le Sueur, c.1912.

Le Sueur, Meridel (1900–1996)

For more than seventy years, the Minnesota-based writer and activist Meridel Le Sueur was a voice for oppressed peoples worldwide. Beginning in the 1920s, she championed the struggles of workers against the capitalist economy, the efforts of women to find their voices and their power, the rights of American Indians to their lands and their cultures, and environmentalist causes.

Black and white photograph of men tarred and feathered in Minnesota during 1918 campaign by anti-Nonpartisan Leaguers,  c.1918.

Men tarred and feathered by anti-Nonpartisan Leaguers

Men tarred and feathered in Minnesota during 1918 campaign by anti-Nonpartisan Leaguers, c.1918.

Civil Unrest on Plymouth Avenue, Minneapolis, 1967

On the night of July 19, 1967, racial tension in North Minneapolis erupted along Plymouth Avenue in a series of acts of arson, assaults, and vandalism. The violence, which lasted for three nights, is often linked with other race-related demonstrations in cities across the nation during 1967’s “long hot summer.”

Black and white photograph of Governor Elmer Benson signing a bill with Grange Master William B. Pearson looking on, 1963. Photographed by Eugene Debs Becker.

Governor Elmer Benson signing a bill with Grange Master William B. Pearson looking on

Governor Elmer Benson signing a bill with Grange Master William B. Pearson looking on, 1963. Photographed by Eugene Debs Becker.

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