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  • Writer's pictureDawn Espe

July 2024

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I See Color, By Valerie Bolling, Kailei Pew, Illustrated by Laylie Frazier

For fans of The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison, I See Color is a picture book that affirms people of color—of all shades—by celebrating their achievements and contributions to society. Highlighting people such as Madonna Thunder Hawk, Basemah Atweh, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., incredible leaders are honored, seen, and heard on every page. Part ode to an array of beautiful skin tones and part introduction to change-makers in history, this book is a perfect conversation starter for readers everywhere.

The Social Dilemma focuses on the pitfalls of social media, examining topics ranging from mental health to conspiracy theories to the rapid spread of misinformation. the film premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival

Jim Wallis to discuss his new book "The False White Gospel". Jim Wallis is the inaugural holder of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Chair in Faith and Justice at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, and the Director of its new Center on Faith and Justice. He is the author of multiple New York Times bestselling books and the founder of Sojourners. In his new book, he argues that the answer to bad religion is true faith that will help refound democracy.

Monday, July 15 - SPECIAL LOCATION: Gichi-Ziibi Center for the Arts

Location Whipple Beach Pavilion, Baxter 9:00am-4:00pm Minnesotans for the American Community Survey and Census 2030

Rural Stakeholder's Briefing July 8th 11:00am-12:15pm


I cannot believe it is July already- June FLEW by!  

I spent a portion of June touring around our rural communities, sharing information about The Sowing Room and the projects we are working on.  I traveled from Brainerd to Akeley to Coleraine to Virgina- then down to Red Wing, Lansboro and LaCrescent.  From the people to the food to the scenery, Minnesota is truly a beautiful state.

Great news- The Sowing Room is officially a Minnesota nonprofit corporation.  We just learned that today!  Fingers crossed that we have the same success with our federal 501(c)3 application.  

Enjoy your summer!  And please spread the word about The Sowing Room.  Sowers and growers needed to keep our communities connected.  

Check our website, as well as Facebook and Linked in to stay up to date on what we are up to.


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