Cultural Wellness Center's Dreamland project featured on MPR News

Minnesota Public Radio writer, Mecca Bos, recently reflected on the life of Anthony Brutus Cassius, who was the first Black man to obtain a liquor license in the city of Minneapolis and went on to create safe social spaces for Black people for 47 years. The legacy with his first bar, Dreamland Café, lives today as a project lead by the Cultural Wellness Center, a George Family Foundation grantee.

As MPR News reports:

Anthony Taylor is the community development lead of the Cultural Wellness Center. “‘Dreamland on 38th’ is actually a revitalization of this entire community, as an African American legacy community,” he explained. “Fortunately, or unfortunately, the murder of George Floyd anchored that for us. We are now three blocks from there. So what we see is a connection between this development, what will emerge at 38th and Chicago, and we really see it as a destination for human rights and social justice fighters from all over the world.” 

Through work with individual communities, families, academic institutions, government agencies, philanthropists, and other non-profit organizations, Cutural Wellness Center builds a web of relationships that support community engagement, intercultural communication, and personal responsibility.

We encourage you to check out MPR's story on how Cultural Wellness Center wants to bring back the old Dreamland space.

Learn more about the important community work being done by our grantee, Cultural Wellness Center.