Melvin Giles

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Melvin Giles is a veteran peace, diversity, and dismantling racism educator. He has extensive experience working with youth, academia, government agencies, nonprofit agencies and neighborhood groups. Notable accomplishments include serving as Director of Catholic Charities Frogtown Center, an adjunct community faculty instructor in Bethel University's Anthropology Department, a member of AfroEco and the Growing Food and Justice All Initiative, advisor to the Diversity/Inclusive Committee of Ramsey County Master Gardeners, certified facilitator of Racial Sobriety workshops, anti-racism trainer for the Minnesota Tri-Council Commission of the Council of Churches, and founding member and key organizer of the St. Paul Pluralism Circle. Melvin received the Martin Luther King “Dream Keeper” Award in 2003, the McKnight Foundation “Virginia McKnight Binger Awards” in Human Service in 2005, the “Outstanding World Citizen” Award in 2008, Bethel University's “George K. Brushaber Reconciliation Award” in 2009, the Morrill Hall/Rachel Tilsen Social Justice Award in 2011, and the Blooming St. Paul Program “Outstanding Garden Advocate” Award in 2017. Most recently, Melvin and two artistic collaborators have been awarded a $40,000 grant from Springboard for the Arts and the St. Paul Public Library to re-design the exterior of the Rondo Community Library, at University and Dale, to make that corner a welcoming gateway and community space.