Area residents are invited to “A Visit with Alan Page” as the former associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman speaks at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls at 4 p.m. Monday, April 24.
The event is open to the public in Legacy Hall, and admission is free. An autograph session will follow his presentation.
Page was a special assistant attorney general before he was elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1992, the first African American on the court. First reelected in 1998, he was the biggest vote-getter in Minnesota history. He served on the court until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 in 2015.
Page was first known by Minnesotans, though, as one of the Minnesota Vikings’ “Purple People Eaters,” the nickname for the team’s defensive line in the late 1960s through the 70s. In the midst of his professional football career, he graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978.
He played for the Vikings from 1967 through 1978 and for the Chicago Bears from 1978 through 1981, earning All-Pro honors six times. Page was selected for nine consecutive Pro Bowls and in 1971 was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player. 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.
His visit to M State is sponsored by the M State Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Fergus Area College Foundation, Service Food and Minnesota Motor Co.