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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Kenneth E. White

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/emeriti/kenneth.html

Kenneth E. White

In Memoriam
Kenneth E. White
Died: April 8th, 2011

 

Kenneth White's life work was spent in civil rights, human rights and affirmative action. He worked in the Office of Equal Opportunity at the University of Minnesota for 15 years. In 1994 he was appointed executive director of civil rights for the City of Minneapolis. While at the City of Minneapolis, he led the fight to make sure that women and minority small businesses could participate in city contracts. He developed and authored the City of Minneapolis Small and Underutilized Business Program; as a result of his hard work and commitment, women and minority small business owners are now being awarded city contracts. He later served as director of affirmative action at Minnesota State University in Mankato and executive director of civil rights in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Kenneth is known for his entrepreneurial talents as well; the Smokehouse Barbeque was a huge success in Minneapolis for over 20 years, which he co-founded with his father Edgar White. Kenneth spent numerous hours mentoring and assisting youth to better themselves through education and athletics. He had a commitment to DeLaSalle High School, where he spent a lot of volunteer hours and did substitute teaching. He earned many awards for his work, including the Lillian H. Williams Award for dedication to affirmative action and the National Association of Human Rights Worker Award of Merit for unfailing commitment to civil and human rights. He graduated from Minneapolis Central High School and attended Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. Kenneth attended the University of Minnesota, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, and later he attended Mankato State University where he received a master's degree in public administration. Viewing and funeral service will be held at Shiloh Temple, 1201 West Broadway Ave. N. in Minneapolis, on Saturday, April 16. Viewing will be from 10-11:30 am, and service starts at 11:30 am..