Duluth will not shut us down

For the fourth time in a month, a Duluth venue was pressured into canceling the Raise Our Standards event put on by Center of the American Experiment. Within minutes of the announcement yesterday that the Cast Iron Bar and Grill would host the event, the owner received threatening phone calls pressuring them to cancel. American Experiment will now hold the event in the Lafayette Park Community Center in Duluth.

Hundreds of Minnesotans attended the first 16 stops on the Raise Our Standards tour focused on the state’s draft social studies standards and Critical Race Theory. The original Duluth appearance was postponed on June 17 after the Northland Country Club and Holiday Inn both backed out of hosting the event. The AAD Shrine Meeting & Event Center also canceled with American Experiment after signing a contract to host the event next Tuesday.

Catrin Wigfall, American Experiment education policy fellow, will be joined in Duluth by Kendall Qualls, former Minnesota Congressional candidate and founder of TakeCharge, an organization committed to countering the prevailing narrative in popular culture that America is structured to undermine the lives of black Americans. 

Attendees will learn how to push back against the politicization of our schools. Each informational session will cover the revisions to Minnesota’s social studies standards that are now in progress, the “woke” movement that is transforming our education system, alternatives to public schools, and how to get involved. American Experiment will also unveil a new online tool and resource center to facilitate communication about activities in local schools across the state.

*** Duluth Event ***

Tuesday July 13, 2021

5:30 pm

Lafayette Park Community Center 

3016 Minnesota Ave.

Duluth MN 55802