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Former Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice here today

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Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page is scheduled to visit Lowell Elementary School today.

Page will be joined by Kevin Lindsey, CEO of the Minnesota Humanities Center and former Minnesota Human Rights Commissioner.

Page will visit classrooms and take part in reading to younger students.

Lindsey will visit with older students to talk about career pathways and future opportunities.

Page received his B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 1967 and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978. After graduating from law school, he worked as an attorney for a law firm in Minneapolis, then served seven years as an attorney in the office of the Minnesota Attorney General.

Page sought election to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1992 and won, becoming the first African American on the court and one of the few associate justices ever to join the court initially through election, rather than appointment by the governor.

When Page was reelected in 1998, he became the biggest vote-getter in Minnesota history. He was reelected in 2004 and 2010 and served until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 in 2015.

Law was Page’s second career; he was first known for his skills in football both in college and in the NFL. At Notre Dame, he led the school’s storied football program to the 1966 national championship, and in 1993 was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Page was a first-round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings in 1967 and he played for the Vikings until 1978. During his career, he played in 218 consecutive games, earning All-Pro honors six times, and was voted to nine consecutive Pro Bowls.

In 1971 Page was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, becoming only the second defensive player in history to be named MVP. In 1988 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Also in 1988, Page and his wife Diane founded the Page Education Foundation, which assists Minnesota students of color in their pursuit of post-secondary education. To date, the foundation has awarded $15 million in grants to 7,000 students.

In November 2018, Page received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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