Breaking the Silence BR4R Event

Building Remembrance for Reconciliation is hosting “Breaking the Silence: Celebrating Black History” Sunday, February 26; 2 – 4 pm, at St Luke’s Episcopal Church, 615 Vermillion Street, Hastings, MN.

Celebrating Black History program will include: 

  • Sheletta Brundidge, the local broadcaster hosts a WCCO Radio Saturday show and runs her own podcast network, will be the keynote speaker. 

  • Musicians Dale Alexander and Wendell Kirk will play rhythm and blues selections. 

  • A Readers Theatre production "Hastings' Black History, A Readers Theatre Reflection,” written and directed by Bronwyn Skov, will narrate the Black experience in Hastings’ first 100 years as recorded by federal census takers and local newspapers.

  •  A Black Pioneers in Dakota County historical exhibit. The event is free and open to the public.

This special event is made possible due to the generous support of City of Hastings, MN; St Luke’s Episcopal Church of Hastings, MN; Forecast Public Art; George and Ruth Doffing Charitable Fund; Hastings Prescott Arts Council; Metropolitan Regional Arts Council; Minnesota Council of Churches; Minnesota Historical Society; and Power of 100 Women – Hastings.


About Building Remembrance for Reconciliation: 

Building Remembrance for Reconciliation is dedicated to using history and the arts to remember, reconcile and heal. Recent efforts towards racial and social justice, and remembrance and reconciliation, have taught us how important history and memorialization is to our community awareness and change. 

The organization’s mission in telling the stories of Hastings’ early Black families is to provide the community with a better understanding of our Black history and establish important steps towards building a better future through a more thorough understanding of the past.

Founded in 2018, Building Remembrance for Reconciliation is a non-profit 501c3 community volunteer organization. For more information, visit or email

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