Larry Pinkney was highlighted in the following letter dated May 16, 1989 (image below) regarding his efforts to help develop, organize, and present job seeking skills workshops:

The St. Paul
Property & Liability

May 16, 1989

Ms. Willie Mae Wilson
Executive Director
St. Paul Urban League
[…] Selby Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102

Dear Ms. Wilson:

I want to express my appreciation to the St. Paul Urban League for assisting The St. Paul Companies with the job seeking skills workshop presented last week. Through Mr. Pinkney’s efforts he and I were able to develop, organize and present a two day workshop for community members looking to develop their job seeking skills.

Mr. Pinkney’s insights into both the needs of the community and the skills necessary to conduct an effective job search were invaluable. Mr. Pinkney demonstrated an enthusiasm and commitment towards both the participants and the Urban League that motivated all those involved, including me.

My first involvement with the Urban League has been a very positive one. I appreciate the efforts of Mr. Larry Pinkney and the St. Paul Urban League and look forward to future involvement as a member of the education committee. Thank you for your efforts.


Bill Bush
Sr. Employment Representative

cc: Mr. Larry Pinkney


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May 16, 1989 The St. Paul letter


Larry Pinkney is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully self-authored his civil/political rights case to the United Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In connection with his political organizing activities, Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised PBS News Hour, formerly known as The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, and more recently on the nationally syndicated Alex Jones Show. Pinkney is a former university instructor of political science and international relations, and his writings have been published in various places, including The Boston Globe, San Francisco BayView newspaper, Black Commentator, Intrepid Report, Global Research (Canada), LINKE ZEITUNG (Germany), 107 Cowgate (Ireland and Scotland), and Mayihlome News (Azania/South Africa). He is in the archives of Dr. Huey P. Newton (Stanford University, CA), cofounder of the Black Panther Party. For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and Thinker, by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click here to read excerpts from the book.)


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