Minnesota Historical Society

Scott Collection: Minnesota's Black Community in the '50s, '60s, and '70s

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A fascinating documentary look at the African American community of the mid-twentieth century, brought back into print.

In the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, Minneapolis resident Walter R. Scott produced a series of books profiling the African American community of the Twin Cities. The people and stories presented in the three original volumes—Centennial Edition of the Minneapolis Beacon (1956), Minneapolis Negro Profile (1968), and Minnesota’s Black Community (1976)—reflect a vibrant community of businesspeople, artists, educators, athletes, and other public figures while providing an intimate look at everyday life in black homes, schools, neighborhoods, and businesses.

The Scott Collection brings back into print these fascinating documents of African American life and history in the Twin Cities. The original photos and profiles are supplemented with introductory essays that put Scott’s work into context and shed light on what the images and descriptions from the time reveal about Minnesota’s diverse populations then and now. The collection offers a “pictorial resume of the black community, its achievements, and its goals” and a fascinating window into particular moments in time.

Walter R. Scott Sr. was born in Mississippi in 1929 and moved to Chicago as a young boy with his family. After graduating high school, Scott moved to Minneapolis. He became a night watchman at Northwestern Bell and eventually was promoted to become the first African American to hold a personnel management position at the company. He later worked for the Metropolitan Airport Commission before retiring in 1995. Scott wrote and published The Minneapolis Beacon (1956), Minneapolis Negro Profile (1968), and Minnesota’s Black Community (1976) as pictorial resumes of the black community of the Twin Cities during a pivotal time in race relations. He died in 2001.

Anthony R. Scott spent many years as a career counselor and vocational expert for the State of Minnesota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Social Security Office, and his own private firm. He later spent 20 years as a supervisor with the Hennepin County Child Protection Unit. He continues to work as a consultant in employment issues. Scott also currently serves as the president of Minnesota’s Black Community Project, a nonprofit organization that highlights and celebrates the accomplishments of blacks in Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis.

Dr. Chaunda L. Scott is an associate professor, graduate coordinator, and diversity and inclusion specialist at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She earned a doctorate in Adult Education/Organizational Leadership with a focus in diversity education from Teachers College at Columbia University and a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Scott has written numerous articles on diversity education and workforce diversity, in addition to her research and teaching in those areas and the subjects of eradicating racism, human resource development, and organizational leadership. In 2015 she was granted a Fulbright Specialist Award in Cape Town, South Africa, where she engaged in diversity education work.


  • Author: Walter R. Scott Sr., Introduction by Anthony R. Scott, Preface by Chaunda L. Scott
  • Publisher: MNHS Press
  • Format: Paperback, 500 pages, 500 B&W Photos, 8.5x11 inches
  • ISBN: 9781681340609

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