It's Prince Day in Minnesota and state residents couldn't be happier to celebrate the musician.
The singer died unexpectedly on April 21. Tuesday would have been his 58th birthday.
As a Minnesota native, Prince has never had a state observance designated in his honor — until now. Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed the holiday, which will take place only this year, in an announcement on Monday.
A day for
"the Purple One" carries special significance
fo r black Minnesotans.
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Prince remains a s
ource of great pride for black Min nesotans.
"For him to have grown up for part of the time in one of the most impoverished parts of our state and achie
Today, black people represent 5.9% of 5.4 million residents in what is otherwise an overwhelmingly white state, according to the US Census Bureau. Gov. Dayton's proclamation could be more than just a symbolic gesture, Levy-Pounds added.
Prince follows a
ng line of Afri can-American Minnesotans who made a mark on their state, the
country and the world.
This includes figures such as George Bonga, who is believed to be one of the first African Americans born in Minnesota in 18
Neither are nearly as well known as Prince — but they're certainly celebrated by
organizations like the Council fo
Check out the documentary below about other black Minnesotans who helped shape the state's history: