Kenny Rance: "We Just Had a Great Spirit About It"

Kenny Rance shared his stories of growing up in Homewood over breakfast with his son. Different from his mother Connie's perspective of keeping a short leash on her children (check out our interview with her here), Kenny's childhood was filled with exploration and adventure in community. Whether it was hanging out in Farwell or Wirth Park, or messing with other Homewood kids, children of the community had a lot of autonomy and joy. A father now, Kenny spoke about the differences he sees today, highlighting a number of radicalized disparities that  impact the community despite Homewood's history of political leadership. Looking into the future, the success of North Minneapolis, according to Kenny, depends on both the institutions that have their hands in the community and community members themselves, because "the stakes are high." 

Kenny Rance and Son