Minneapolis Urban League identifies f...

Minneapolis Urban League identifies finalists for CEO vacancy

There are 2 comments on the Insight News story from Apr 18, 2009, titled Minneapolis Urban League identifies finalists for CEO vacancy. In it, Insight News reports that:

Minneapolis Urban League Board Chair Cathy Wassberg announced last week that the Minneapolis Urban League CEO Search Committee has narrowed its candidates down to two, both of which will appear at a community event scheduled for April 25th at the MULa s North Minneapolis headquarters.

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Don Allen

Prairie Village, KS

#1 Apr 29, 2009
Minneapolis Urban League CEO/President finalist Pamela Coaxum (Tucker) withdraws!
April 27, 2009 · Filed Under Breaking news, Screw the community with "Gray" matter!· Comment
Ms. Pamela Coaxum (Tucker)

Ms. Pamela Coaxum (Tucker)

In breaking news, sources say Minneapolis Urban League CEO/President finalist Pamela Coaxum (Tucker) has withdrawn her name for consideration for the position of CEO/President. Ms. Tucker whose LinkedIn page is accessible to the public, unlike Mr. Gray would have been the best candidate for the job. Remember, Minneapolis Black “Self-Appointed” leaders have a “Good Ole Boy’s Men’s Club” too! If they can’t control you – they go for the next best thing.

IBNN is awaiting a call back for an official statement.

This leaves the community with R. Scott Gray and questions of his criminal background and how the National Urban League could qualify him for a leadership role in a flagship organization. Read here for more. Actual felony report to be posted this week.

On Saturday, April 25, 2009 at the Minneapolis Urban League, board member and Insight News Editor and Chief Al McFarlane were confronted by audience members who felt that community should be able to speak directly to the finalists. Board chairman Cathy Wassberg assured IBNN that all questions would be read that were written on index cards. It didn’t happen, Mr. McFarlane screened and picked the questions and denied the community answers by re-arranging questions to meet his personal agenda.

In an attempt to question Mr. R. Scott Gray, who refused to answer any questions from IBNN on possible background issues and the collaboration between him and Alfred Babington-Johnson from the Stairstep Foundation, Mr. Gray declined but did tell others attending that Mr. Johnson was brought to Madison because of the fine work he’s done in Minneapolis?

Mr. Gray went on to say to IBNN that if we didn’t want to talk about “solutions” he had no comment. Our best solution for Mr. Gray would be to stay in Madison!

My question to Mr. Gray would be,“What is the fine work that Mr. Johnson has done in Minneapolis that you are referring to? Could it be the Dairy Queen you were talking about? Or could it have been the Tire Store?”

Or how about this: General Mills, for example, was so compelled by Bethel Seminary graduate Alfred Babington-Johnson’s vision for healing a broken African-American community that it offered funding and 100 volunteers to help create an award-winning soul-food manufacturer and packing company in north Minneapolis. Stairstep Initiative’s Siyeza Inc. employs 80 people (and expects to hire more than 175 at its peak capacity), 80 percent of them from poor neighborhoods.

The $4.3 million investment, created through an alliance of 49 black investors, General Mills, and US Bancorp, produced a $94,000 return at only 10 percent of factory capacity last year.(Circa 5/21/2001)

If this was the case and the “return” was so good at 10%, what happened to the company?“Burn me once, shame on you, burn me twice, shame on me!”


The process of finding a new President/CEO was tainted from the beginning.

The Minneapolis Urban League has made a series of bad choices in people, programs and process. How much more will the staff of the MUL have to put up with before the doors are shut for good.

And by the way Mr. Gray – it’s never about statistics. The information you have is incorrect on the state of Black folks in the Twin Cities, but then again – we know where it came from….

When will the cycle stop?
Please Go To Minneapolis

Lakeland, FL

#2 May 4, 2009
The only hope for the Madison Urban League is if Scott Gray leaves so please take his leadership to Minneapolis! The Madison Urban League has been messed up for years ever since Scott took over ...

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