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Way Center Collection M/A 2000.178.01

Way Center Collection M/A 2000.178.01

Creator:Way, Inc. (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Title: Way Center Collection
Quantity: 1.0 boxes
Repository: James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library


The Way Center, sometimes referred to as The New Way Center, began in August 8, 1966 after an outbreak of violence on the North Side of Minneapolis on August 4, 1966. Its short range purpose was to help calm the neighborhood by providing an off-the-street facility for youth and a meeting place for residents; its long range purpose was to mobilize the North Side of Minneapolis through youth activities, education, employment referrals, housing, and law enforcement.

The Center was originally located at 1913 Plymouth Ave. N and in 1984 it moved to 12th Ave. and Humboldt Ave. N. Early supporters included Minneapolis Mayor Arthur Naftalin and local businessman Ray Plank of Apache Corp.

Early leaders were Syl Davis, who was the director until November 1970, Gwyn Jones-Davis (later Jonesdavispyle), Rev. Rolland Robinson, Milton Williams and Willie Mae Dixon. Bert Davis was director from 1970-1974. Harry (Spike) Moss was director from 1974-1986.

The Center was noted for reaching out to people who were affiliated with gangs or were involved in criminal activities.

The Way Center faced ongoing fundraising challenges and in December 1986 they closed. In September 1990 a new youth center opened in the same location at 12th and Humboldt. City-Northside was operated by a south Minneapolis youth agency called The City, Inc. Many of the former employees of the Way Center became employees of The City-Northside.

Description of the Collection

One box. Collection consists of newspaper clippings and organizational materials concerning The Way Center.

Related Material

For more history on The Way this book is in Special Collections and in the general collection: For A Moment We Had The Way by early leader Rev. Rolland Robinson, F614.M59 N4468 2006.

Subject Headings


African Americans--Civil rights--Minnesota--Minneapolis.
African Americans--Minnesota--Minneapolis--Societies, etc.
African American youth--Minnesota--Minneapolis.
Civil rights movements--Minnesota--Minneapolis.
Community organization--Minnesota--Minneapolis.
Community power--Minnesota--Minneapolis.


Minneapolis (Minn.)--Race relations.
Near-North Community (Minneapolis, Minn.)--Race relations.
Near-North Community (Minneapolis, Minn.)--Social conditions.

Table of Contents

Organizational materials 1969-1970 -- Box 1, Folder 1
Newspaper clippings 1966-1971 -- Box 1, Folder 2
Newspaper clippings 1971-1982 -- Box 1, Folder 3
Newspaper clippings 1983-1992 -- Box 1, Folder 4

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