"DIESEL HEART ''... a Jazz/Blues/Gospel rendition. presented by THE CARTERS & FRIENDS!

A Jazz style retelling of Diesel Heart presented by Melvin Carter jr and Matthew Carter 



Melvin Whitfield Carter Jr., the father of St. Paul's current mayor, is a true son of Rondo, the city's storied African American neighborhood. He was born in a city divided along racial lines and rich in cultural misunderstanding. Growing up in the 1950s and '60s, he witnessed the destruction of his neighborhood by the I-94 freeway—and he found his way to fighting and trouble.


But Carter turned his life around. As a young man, he enlisted in the US Navy. He used his fighting ability to survive racist treatment, winning boxing matches and respect. And as an affirmative action hire in the St. Paul Police Department, facing prejudice at every turn, this hardworking, talented, and highly principled officer fought to protect the people of the city he calls home.


Diesel Heart is the story of a leader who created a powerful family legacy by standing up for what is right, even in the face of adversity.






Melvin Whitfield Carter Jr. served as an officer in the St. Paul Police Department for twenty-eight years. He is the founder and executive director of Save Our Sons.


The author is available for interviews.

Please contact:

Melvin Whitfield Carter Jr



Event date: 
Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
38 S Snelling Ave
Next Chapter Booksellers
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Diesel Heart: An Autobiography Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681341255
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - February 1st, 2019