Peter Hayden

General Information

Experience

President  - Minneapolis Urban League

Education

M.S.  - 

PhD  - 

Affiliations

Team Member  - Urban Homeworks

Member of the Committee  - National Kidney Disease Education Program

Member  - African American Men's Commission

Founding Member  - National Forum

Board Member  - Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Recent News  

Dr. Peter Hayden
President

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In a series of sustained and unrelenting attacks, the Minneapolis StarTribune newspaper has declared an Open Season on Black Leaders. Beginning with a series of articles appearing last fall (2014) against African American Senators Bobby Joe Champion and Jeff Hayden, the newspaper has engaged in a non-stop series of character attacks, questioning the integrity and credibility of long-established African American leaders, like Louis King, CEO of Summit Academy OIC, and now Scott Gray, Executive Director of the Minneapolis Urban League, Peter Hayden, CEO of Turning Point, Inc. and Al McFarlane, Editor in Chief of Insight News. A recurrent theme in each of the articles, if read closely, is the undercurrent of references to Senators Champion and Hayden, and their role in either lobbying for or passing legislation to fund African American organizations or initiatives.
In a series of sustained and unrelenting attacks, the Minneapolis StarTribune newspaper has declared an Open Season on Black Leaders. Beginning with a series of articles appearing last fall (2014) against African American Senators Bobby Joe Champion and Jeff Hayden, the newspaper has engaged in a non-stop series of character attacks, questioning the integrity and credibility of long-established African American leaders, like Louis King, CEO of Summit Academy OIC, and now Scott Gray, Executive Director of the Minneapolis Urban League, Peter Hayden, CEO of Turning Point, Inc. and Al McFarlane, Editor in Chief of Insight News. A recurrent theme in each of the articles, if read closely, is the undercurrent of references to Senators Champion and Hayden, and their role in either lobbying for or passing legislation to fund African American organizations or initiatives. In the cases of Senators Champion and Hayden, there has been no proof of wrongdoing despite repeated Republic-led, politically motivated, legislative hearings, during which numerous witnesses have been called to testify. Despite the lack of evidence, the drum beat goes on, putting forth nothing more than a series of hearsay allegations and innuendos, all of which have the obvious intent of damaging the character and reputation of Senators Champion and Hayden. We're not here to bash Minneapolis Public Schools, because the StarTribune has already engaged in its fair share of bashing Minneapolis Public Schools and its school leaders! The article then goes on to cast aspersions upon Turning Point, Inc., CEO Peter Hayden, simply because he is the board treasurer of the Minneapolis Urban League, and the father of Senator Jeff Hayden. There's no suggestion that Peter Hayden did anything remotely inappropriate; but, his reputation is tarnished nonetheless because his son is a state senator who helped to pass legislation to benefit the Minneapolis Urban League. Because all of the articles carry the byline concerning Senators Champion and Hayden, the best we're able to ascertain is that Senators Champion and Hayden have been effective in lobbying for organizations that serve their African American constituencies, and that has incurred the ire of their political opponents and others. Because all of the articles carry the byline concerning Senators Champion and Hayden, the best we're able to ascertain is that Senators Champion and Hayden have been effective in lobbying for organizations that serve their African American constituencies, and that has incurred the ire of their political opponents and others.

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Dr. Peter Hayden, president of Turning Point, Inc., also an Urban League board member, said "The question is 'Why?'"

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