Department of Civil Rights

Velma J. Korbel, Director

350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

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MCCR Internal Operation Rules (pdf)

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Martin Luther King Jr. Mixed Media Contest


  The topic for this year's contest is: Civil Rights Today


Through art, writing, or mixed media show how your generation can continue the work for a future where access, opportunity, and justice are equal for everyone.



1.)   The contest is open to all Minneapolis High School Students, and students living in Minneapolis in grades 9-


2.)   Students are asked to submit either a visual art piece, writing, or mixed media entry that addresses the

contest theme listed above.

3.)   All entries must be accompanied by the official entry form and received by November 28th

4.)   A panel composed of Minneapolis Civil Rights Commissioners as well as community members and local

artists will review all entries.

5.)   Entries will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity, and content.

6.)   All entries will be judged anonymously. 


Completed entry forms with parent's signature must be attached to the back of the submission. All submissions are

due by November 28th



Teachers can request a member of the Minneapolis  Commission  on Civil Rights to visit their classroom and to assist students with the submission topic.   To request a visit, please contact the commissioner  listed at the bottom of this letter.  



Entrants in the Art Category are free to use any medium (ink, paint, pencil, crayon, clay etc.). All submitted work must: (1) Have dimensions of no larger than 12 inches by 18 inches, (2) not be computer-generated  artwork. In order to have their work accepted for judging, students must type or hand write a brief statement (on a separate sheet of paper) explaining their piece.  



All entrants in the Writing Category must submit one original piece, no more than 2 pages words, focused on the

contest theme. Entries must be typed or hand written, but must be legible. Illegible submissions will be disqualified.  



All entrants in the Mixed Media Category must submit one piece consisting of an original song, skit, video,  spoken word, photomontage, or other mixed media project. Submissions must not exceed 5 minutes in total length and can be submitted using YouTube, PowerPoint, Prezi, or another pre-approved platform. Acceptable audio and video formats are MP3, MP4, Avi, and mov. Electronic files must be accessible in Microsoft Windows.  


Additional      packets      can      be      found      on      the      Minneapolis      Commission      on      Civil      Rights      website


All contest winners will be notified by January 2017.  There will be three winners chosen from each grade level.


The contest winners will receive a gift card to be awarded at a ceremony before the Minneapolis City Council in the

January 2017.


First Place

$ 300.00

Second Place

$ 200.00

Third Place

$ 100.00


There will be a reception after the award ceremony to honor the winners. Teachers, parents, educators and others are invited to attend.  Students will have the opportunity to meet and take pictures with the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights members, Minneapolis City Council members and Mayor Hodges. Interviews may be requested by the media.  


Completed submissions should be sent in no later than November 28th:

Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights  Attention: Christian Taylor, MCCR Liaison

350 South 5th Street, Room 239 Minneapolis, MN 55415


Your  participation  in  this  event  is  appreciated.  Please  feel  to  contact  us  directly  with  any  questions  or  concerns  at and/ or



Aaron Corfield and Bernadette Casey PR& E Co-Chairs


Commissioner, Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights

 2017 Letter to Schools

Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights and City of Minneapolis Transgender  Issues Workgroup supports Minnesota State High School Leagues’ Proposed Transgender Athlete Policy

On December 4, 2014 the MSHSL will vote on a proposed policy that would allow for transgender students to participate in school athletics regardless of their gender identity. 

“We believe such policy updates will help ensure that public schools are in compliance with local, state, and federal laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment of transgender students.” Council Vice President, Elizabeth Glidden


The resolution notes that, “[The Commission on Civil Rights’} mission is to seek and eliminate bias and discrimination in all forms…and that all students should be able to participate in school activities regardless of their gender identity.”


“The Commission is proud to stand with the City’s Transgender Issues Workgroup, and Council Member Glidden in support of the MSHSL’s proposed transgender student athlete policy in hopes that the policy will lead to a fuller, more enjoyable experience for all of Minnesota’s student athletes,” said the chair of the Civil Rights Commission, Michael Harralson.


MINNEAPOLIS) Minneapolis City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, on behalf of the Minneapolis’ Transgender Issues Workgroup, expressed support for a resolution passed on November 17, 2014 by the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission in support of the Minnesota State High School Leagues’ (MSHSL) Proposed Policy titled “Participation in MSHSL Activities by Transgender Student Athletes.”

MCCR MSHSL Transgender Policy Resolution








Last updated Sep 6, 2016