Community Invited to Honor Life of Hussein Samatar

The Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education director passed away Aug. 25 after a battle with leukemia.

Minneapolis Public Schools is holding a service Tuesday afternoon to honor Board of Education Director Hussein Samatar, who passed away Aug. 25 after a battle with leukemia.

The community is invited to the service from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3.

The following is a letter from Superintendent Dr. Bernadeia H. Johnson, inviting the community to the event:

Dear MPS partners and friends,

I am writing to invite you to a memorial event commemorating and celebrating the life and work of Board of Education Director Hussein Samatar, who passed away on August 25 after a courageous battle with leukemia. He is survived by his wife, Ubah, and four children. 

Minneapolis Public Schools will forever be indebted to the leadership and wisdom of this great community leader. We are honored to be able to host a community-wide event in his name with his family. Please join us Tuesday, September 3, from 4-6 p.m. in the Assembly Room in the Davis Center, located at 1250 W. Broadway Ave. in Minneapolis. 

If you would like to support the Samatar family with a contribution, you can go to any Bremer Bank and make a donation with a personal check, money order or cash designated to the Hussein Samatar Memorial Fund. I hope you can join Minneapolis Public Schools next week to celebrate and cherish the life and contributions of Director Samatar. He will be dearly missed.


Bernadeia H. Johnson, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools


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