Mpls. protesters signal impatience with civil rights 'old guard' | Minnesota Public Radio News

December 9, 2015

Within hours, a woman at the 4th Precinct protest took up a bullhorn and denounced "that press conference that Mayor Hodges did with the old guard leadership."

If the men at the mayor's press conference represented the "old guard," the woman with the bullhorn — 39-year-old Nekima Levy-Pounds — is a central figure in the new guard. She's a University of St. Thomas law professor who's helped lead the Black Lives Matter protests. And she's raised the profile of the Minneapolis NAACP since she was elected the chapter's president this year.

Levy-Pounds invigorated the crowd with her attack on what she called the "blackmis-leadership." She described the "old guard" as sitting at the table, looking for power and hurting the community