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Hussein Samatar Leader and Phillips Resident has died

04-Hussein SamatarSaturday August 25, 2013

[excerpt from message by African Development Center Board]

Good evening,

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you that our Founder and Leader, Hussein Samatar, passed away this afternoon from complications of his battle with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.

Hussein was a courageous and dedicated public servant, and will be missed by many – well beyond those who have benefited from his ambitious initiatives here at ADC, the Minneapolis School Board, and throughout the community.

In all that he did, Hussein brought a level of energy, drive, and optimism that was the envy of many. We will miss him tremendously at the African Development Center, and hope to honor his dream of building economic opportunities and financial sustainability for the vibrant African communities across the state of Minnesota.

Hussein is survived by his wife Ubah, and four children. While we do ask that you keep the Samatar family in your thoughts as they cope during this difficult time, we also ask you to respect their privacy as they mourn this loss. ADC Board of Directors

Hussein Samatar Laid To Rest 

August 27, 2013

[Excerpt from KFAI Radio website by Dale Connelly]

Minneapolis school board member, businessman and Somali community leader Hussein Samatar was buried on Monday August 26th, within 24 hours of his death from leukemia. The service at the Burnsville Mosque of the Islamic Institute of Minnesota was attended by many of Minnesota’s political leaders, including U.S. Senator Al Franken, Congressman Keith Ellison, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, and State Education Commissioner Brenda Casselius.

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