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
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.