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2019 Take a Stand for the Revolution Award

Nominate someone for the 2019 Take a Stand for the Revolution Award by Friday, February 1st, 2019. You may make as many nominations as you would like. You may nominate yourself. Qualifications for this award include anyone in the Twin Port's region exemplifying education equity, racial equity, community service, peace, and/or justice in their life and work.

The award winner will receive $500 total, $250 for them and $250 for them to contribute to an organization of their choice.



Mary Canty Merrill, she/her

The Chief Creative Officer of Merrill Consulting Associates, a professional services firm based in Denver, Colorado. A fierce advocate for racial justice and equality, Dr. Mary endeavors to raise awareness and increase knowledge of the breadth and depth of institutionalized racism by deepening understanding of the dynamics of oppression at the individual, group, cultural and systems levels. Having authored three books and written the Foreword to several others, Dr. Mary’s most recent literary project—scheduled to launch in early 2019—is entitled, Why Black Lives Matter (Too): Voices of Our Youth. It is Part 2 of her popular and thought-provoking anthology, Why Black Lives Matter (Too): A Revolutionary Call to Action. As a seasoned professional and social justice advocate, Dr. Mary is committed to developing viable solutions that address critical issues by examining race, improving relations and getting to collective impact.


Sandra Oyinloye, she/her

Sandra is an advocate, programs coordinator, and mentor to young people in the Duluth community. Sandra is a co-founder of DanSan Creatives which has birthed “ARE”, a spoken word group in Duluth seeking to give youth voices a platform through creative expression and the MixTape Project, another arts-based program which focuses on music as a form of healing and expression for youths in detention centers. With a degree in Sociology, she has worked as a Women’s Advocate at a women’s shelter, Youth Worker with Girl Power! Girls Restorative Justice Program Coordinator with Men As Peacemakers and is currently working at the University of Minnesota Duluth within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.