Louis Alemayehu

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Louis Alemayehu is an American poet, educator, musician, and community organizer.[1]


Alemayehu was born December 31, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois to parents of African, American Indian, and European descent.[1]

Alemayehu teaches Environmental Sustainability at the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs in Minneapolis Minnesota. He has also been a community organizer with Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota (EJAM).[2] As a writer, Alemayehu has used his poetry and storytelling to unite communities over environmental concerns.[3] Alemayehu is a founding member of the award winning poetry/jazz ensemble Ancestor Energy and a co-founder with Juanita Espinoza of the Native Arts Circle.[4] Alemayehu participated in Occupy Minnesota events in 2011.[5] He serves on the Minneapolis Energy Partnership Board.[6] He is a Buddhist[6] and is the father of 2 daughters, Hanika Mahalia Alemayehu and Eden Luzia Alemayehu.[7]


  1. ^ a b "MN VOICES | Louis Alemayehu on environment and culture". Twin Cities Daily Planet. Retrieved 2016-02-12.
  2. ^ Denman, Jamal (May 22, 2013). "Minneapolis' Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota reclaims cultural wisdom in respecting the earth". Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.
  3. ^ "How Minnesota environmentalists use art to raise awareness". MPR News. January 26, 2015.
  4. ^ "Photostory: At the Lowertown Reading Jam with Louis Alemayehu – Twin Cities Daily Planet". Twin Cities Daily Planet. Retrieved 2016-02-12.
  5. ^ Turck, Mary (November 7, 2011). "ST. PAUL NOTES: Take the Money Out Day in West St. Paul". Twin Cities Daily Planet.
  6. ^ a b Curran, Claire (April 14, 2015). "5 Ways People of Faith Are Building the Climate Movement". Interfaith Youth Core.
  7. ^ "Seed truths and sweat lodges". Twin Cities Daily Planet. February 15, 2014.

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