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Barbara L Rogers
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Barbara L Rogers

03/01/1940 – 10/08/2021

Disposition

10/21/2021 (Burial)

Location

Section 23 Lot 1&2 Grave 84
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March 1, 1940 to October 8, 2021 Barbara Louise (Payne) Rogers, 81, was born March 1, 1940, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Herbert King and Ada Mae Russell and entered eternal rest October 8, 2021, in Minneapolis Minnesota. Originally from Enid, Oklahoma Barbara spent her formative years in Dodge City, Kansas. She moved to Minnesota in 1972. She was the mother of six sons and four daughters and a homemaker. In 1977, Barbara made a drastic change in her lifestyle and began he r long-term commitment to the elimination of violence and drug use in the lives of Black families. In 1978 Barbara began volunteering at the Harriet Tubman Women’s Shelter and the Institute on Black Chemical Abuse. She served as Community Education Outreac h Worker, Women’s Advocate, and on the Board of Directors of Harriet Tubman Women’s Shelter. Barbara developed an educational lecture series on family violence and led inspirational support groups. Barbara was selected to serve on the Battered Women’s Advisory board for the Department of Corrections and was chosen by the Minnesota Coalition for Ba ttered Women to serve as the State Representative to the National Coalition for Battered Women. Barbara continued to expand her scope and influence becoming involved with Black, Indian, Hispanic and Asian Women in Action, Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, Genesis II, Survival Skills, The ABE Program, Pilot City, The Urban League, ECI, Domestic Abuse Project, and the Minneapolis & St. Paul Intervention projects. In addition to private consulting her career spanned organizations such as the Sexual Violence C enter, MCASA Sexual Violence Justice Institute, and in her later years at Sojourner Project. Barbara was the recipient of the Women of Color Recognition Award of Honor from BIHA, Women in Action in 1990, and the Feminist of the Year, presented by Chrysalis in 1986; the first Woman of Color to ever receive the award. Barbara was a steady source of strength and a role model for her family. She was very proud of her wonderful children and grandchildren. She loved music and dance, being dramatic, her bowling leagues and cards. She was an excellent shopper teaching her chi ldren and grandchildren the art of vintage procurement. She was an excellent cook; Barbara’s holiday meals were the highlight of all gatherings. Barbara was a generous soul. She survived tragedies and through sobriety and faith in Jesus Christ leaves a tre mendous legacy for her family. Barbara is survived by her children Cheryl (Stephen) McMoore, Sonja Robinson, Steven Ray Robinson, Gregory Rogers, David (Ketmanee) Robinson, Gilford Rogers, Omar (Jessica) Rogers, Desiree (John) Emanuel, Tonia Perkins and Robert Rogers. She is survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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