Tuesday, June 15, 2010
JNS BLOG EXCLUSIVE: Naomi Tutu visits Nomi
Photos, video, and blog post by Hans
While looking around the neighborhood for worthwhile photo opportunities I bumped into a resident who told me that Naomi Tutu was going to be speaking at a community event at Cub Foods. I only recognized the last name "'Tutu'" and I'm not usually one to attend events like this, but when I heard there would be free food, well, I figured I should at least go check it out.
There was plenty of watermelon, hot dogs, and milk, but Naomi Tutu was nowhere to be seen. Mayor Rybak came on stage and reminisced how Cub Foods used to be a vacant Target store, and also declared today "Cub Foods and Mad Dads Day" in Minneapolis, and presented certificates to two representatives.
Fifth Ward City Council Member Don Samuels also gave a brief speech and then Mike Christenson told us that $70 million in projects will be happening along West Broadway (hopefully more detail to come in a future post). We were then told that Naomi was "on the way" and at that point everybody vacated the stage... loud music came on and the crowd returned to eating and mingling.
I sat around for a while and managed to shake hands with a number of officials, meet some new friends, and of course, dine on watermelon. It was now getting very close to the event's scheduled end time of 6pm yet no announcement was made about Miss Tutu's appearance. Most of the police had left, the fire department was nowhere to be seen... even the Mad Dad's van pulled away.
I heard mumblings that she wasn't going to show up so I reluctantly walked to my car and prepared to leave. I was about the pull out of the parking lot when...
... a black limousine pulled up.
I wasn't able to start recording right away, so you should know that Naomi Tutu was referencing Martin Luther King's famous "I have a dream" speech in Washington.
I am glad I stuck around.