Natchitoches’ Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum hosted a talk and book signing by Minnesota Attorney General and author Keith Ellison Saturday, August 5. The standing room only crowd enjoyed a talk by the author about policing, race relations and his new book “Break the Wheel, Ending the Cycle of Police Violence”.
After the talk, Mr. Ellison signed copies of his books for the attendees. The books were donated by the Ben D. Johnson Center and were made available at no cost to people who attended the talk. The ladies of Natchitoches’ Asbury UMC provided refreshments as well as a surprise birthday cake and singing of “Happy Birthday” to celebrate Keith Ellison’s 60th birthday.
Keith Ellison is perhaps most well known as the prosecutor in the George Floyd case in which Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and several other officers were convicted in Floyd’s death. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ellison has local roots in our parish with several family members in the community, many of whom came to see him. Prior to his election as Minnesota’s Attorney General in 2018, he served in the Minnesota House of Representatives and as a congressman. He is a alumnus of the University of Minnesota Law School.