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Celebrations across Minnesota honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Martin Luther King, Jr.

A series of breakfasts around the state this morning will honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and begin the national holiday that recalls his messages of justice and equality.

The annual MLK Holiday Breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center, sponsored by the  General Mills Foundation and UNCF, will feature keynote speaker Vernon Jordan, an attorney and civil rights leader. Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to attend.

The 7 a.m. event will be broadcast to nine other locations, where there will be breakfasts and local events.

Those other locations are:

  • East Side/Downtown St. Paul
    St. Pascal Baylon Catholic Church
    1757 Conway Street, St. Paul
  • Summit-University St. Paul 
    House of Hope Presbyterian Church
    797 Summit Avenue, St. Paul
  • West Side/West St. Paul
    Faith United Methodist Church
    1530 Oakdale Avenue, West St. Paul
  • Northeast Suburbs 
    White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church
    328 Maple Street, Mahtomedi
  • North Minneapolis/Northern Suburbs
    Brooklyn United Methodist Church
    7200 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center
  • Duluth
    First United Methodist Church
    230 E. Skyline Parkway, Duluth
  • River Falls, Wisconsin
    Saint Bridget Catholic Church
    211 East Division Street, River Falls, WI
  • United Theological Seminary
    3000 Fifth Street NW, New Brighton
  • Macalester College 
    1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, Kagin Commons

Among the other MLK events is a free gathering at Macalester College sponsored by the Governor’s Council on the MLK Day Celebration, with a ceremonial march, music and speeches. The schedule:

  • 9:00 – 10:00 Youth Rally
  • 10:15 – 10:45 March Reenactment
  • 11:00 – 1:00 Celebration Program

And on Thursday, the University of Minnesota will host the 34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute  at the Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis.

The 7:30 p.m. event is free and will feature IU Soul Revue ensemble, a part of the Indiana University African American Arts Institute. Also performing will be the U of M Carnaval world music ensemble and U of M School of Music graduate choral conducting student G. Phillip Shoultz, III.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 01/20/2015 - 08:17 am.

    Duluth media covered MLK March more respectfully this time

    It was a ‘nice’ or rather unexpected surprise one could say, that Duluth TV media outlets put the MLK march locally at the beginning of the news…usually MLK march has been at the tail end like a wee spin?

    Local Duluth media are slow learners maybe…and they even laced the storyline with a few good interviews.

    The times they are a changin’ for when racism blatantly raises its ugly head again it’s pretty hard to call it back page news eh?

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