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Ex-St. Paul NAACP leader to take temporary spot on city council

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The St. Paul City Council on Wednesday is expected to appoint former St. Paul NAACP president Nathaniel Khaliq to temporarily take over the seat of Melvin Carter, MPR reports.

Carter is stepping down to take a job with the state Department of Education.

The Pioneer Press reports Khaliq was one of 14 people who applied to the city council for the job. Among them were Devin Miller and SoulTouch Productions producer Robin Hickman, who is a great-niece to the late Twin Cities photographer Gordon Parks, the newspaper reported.

Khaliq will take office next month when Carter departs. Voters will select a longer-term replacement in this fall's election. Khaliq has said he does not intend to campaign for the seat in the election.

Khaliq was honored in 2011 by the St. Paul Foundation for his efforts to fight racism, which he talks a bit about here:

INTERVIEW: Nathaniel Khaliq, 2011 Ambassador Award Winner from Jeff Achen Videography on Vimeo.

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