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Feb 10th

2014 MLK Events Calendar

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martin luther kingDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at MCTC
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and legacy, and MCTC's Centennial year, we would like to invite you to volunteer with us during our sixth annual MLK Day of Service. Join members of our community for a light breakfast accompanied by inspirational speakers and music followed by volunteering at local nonprofit organizations.
When: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Where: MCTC, T Building Plaza and community organizations
Parking: Free parking in the MCTC parking ramp
Event Schedule:
Breakfast served 8–8:45 a.m.
Program at 8:45 a.m.
Volunteer at 10 a.m.
Return to campus by 2 p.m.
Special Guests:
• Reg Chapman, reporter, WCCO-TV
• Sondra Samuels, president and CEO, Northside Achievement Zone
• Deliverance for Youth
• MCTC student spoken word performers
• MCTC civil rights scholars
Check out and register for volunteer opportunities at

MLK Holiday Breakfast
When: Monday, January 20, 2014, 7:00 a.m.
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, Ballroom A, 1301 Second Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
The General Mills Foundation and UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) are pleased to announce that Donna Brazile, political commentator, strategist, author and adjunct professor, will deliver the keynote speech at the 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. The Breakfast will bring together an estimated 2,000 supporters and is an opportunity to celebrate Dr. King's legacy of service and create an imperative to live out his legacy in our homes, communities and world.
This year's breakfast theme is "Reimagine the Future."
Tickets cost $30.00 per person. To order tickets visit

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
When: Monday, January 20, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Powderhorn Community Center, 3400 15th Avenue S.
Entertainment, Family Activities and Lunch! The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, cosponsored by PPNA and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board each year, builds community and diverse participation by creating a welcoming event that honors the civil rights movement and Dr. King's leadership. This celebration engages a diverse spectrum of community members including families and youth. Activities teach kids about Dr. King, West African drumming, tolerance, friendship, and creating neighborhood hope.
Lunch is prepared by Youth Farm & Market and entertainment featuring Aztec dancers, a youth choir, West African drumming, and hip-hop. Special youth activities include a civil rights internet scavenger hunt and West African drum lessons.
"Feeding the Dream" food drive is apart of this great event – so please join the park in providing those in need with non-perishable food items!
For more info:

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation at Augsburg College: Music for Martin
When: Monday, January 20, 2014, 1 p.m.
Where: Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis
A celebration of song honoring of one of the United States' visionary civil rights leaders. The 26th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation will be hosted by local artists and educators; T. Mychael Rambo and Brian Grandison.

Strength to Love: the personal transformation at the root of social justice
When: Monday, January 20, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Calvary Baptist Church, 2608 Blaisdell Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Admission cost: FREE; a free-will offering will take place to help support social justice initiatives within and around the Calvary community.
A Reflective Service of Celebration and Challenge Honoring the Prophetic Legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. An evening of music, dance, spoken word and a keynote address by Reverend Dr. Jin S. Kim, Church of All Nations.
For more information: 612-872-7855,

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
When: Monday, January 20, 2014, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
The event will include a keynote presentation, live entertainment and a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. The MPRB will also present its "Living the Dream" award to an individual, community group, or business that has demonstrated dedication and distinguished service to the lives of Minneapolis residents and park users. The honoree must act consistently with the teachings and examples of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as the award is intended to recognize those whose work embodies Dr. King's message of Unity and commitment to community. To nominate an individual, community group or business please fill out a Nomination Form and return to Megan Gregory This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
The Celebration will also mark the 5th Annual "Feeding the Dream" food drive. The food drive will take place at recreation centers throughout the city. The community service project was initiated in the fall of 2009 and since then more than 7,000 pounds of donations have been collected.
Leading up to the celebration handmade knitted items will also be collected in support of the Love Light Project. The Love-Light project supports local teenage victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Donated items will be sold during the celebration and 100 percent of the profits will be used to support adolescent victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
For more information, please visit or call 612-230-6479.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Kick-Off Luncheon
When: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 11:30am-1pm
Where: President's Room, Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Featuring Keynote Speaker Alondra Cano,
Minneapolis City Council Member
Lunch provided, please RSVP here
For more information, please visit:

Celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & the Civil Rights Movement
When: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 6pm-8pm
Where: Coffman Union Theater, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
A round table discussion about the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement. Highlights of the discussion will also include the 1968-1969 Morrill Hall take-over and today's movements. The Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature Collection will be providing promotional materials and more information about the collection followed by a dessert reception. 
Hosted by the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally Programs Office and the Women's Center. Co-sponsored by the Martin Luther King Program and African and African American Studies Department of the College of Liberal Arts. 
Here are other Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Events on Campus that we are also co-sponsoring. Feel free to add these in too, if there is more room and if it is ok with you. 

Ally is an Action: Identity, Privilege, and Allyship Workshop
When: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 11:30am-1pm
Where: Walter Library Room 101, University of Minnesota
Lunch provided, please RSVP here
Conversations about privilege often center around "acknowledging your privilege." But that acknowledgement should be the first step, not the last one. How do the privileged identities we hold (whether around gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, race, class, ability/disability and other facets of identity) impact how we move through our communities? How can we engage in authentic, effective ally behavior? Facilitated by Guante, Twin Cities MC, spoken-word artist, activist, and educator.
For more information, please visit:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert 2014
When: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: North Hennepin Community College, Fine Arts Center Theatre
A special meet and greet reception will precede the concert – with Charity Bess, an NHCC alumna and 2013 Miss Minnesota International – at 7:00 p.m. in the Science Center Atrium.
The concert will feature songs of praise by the NHCC Chamber Singers, directed by Karla Miller; Sandy Hodges and Friends; and Voices of Inspiration from Macedonia Baptist Church, directed by Nerita Hughes.
This event is free and open to the public. Theatre seating is limited, so arriving early is recommended.
For more information, contact Sean Davis at 763-488-0490 or visit

Get Involved: How Communities Create Change Workshop
When: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 11:30am-1pm
Where: Walter 101
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch provided, please RSVP here
The problems of the world can feel overwhelming. But looking at history, people have worked together to change things for the better. Where does change come from? How can an individual have a real impact on big, entrenched problems like racism, poverty and war? This interactive workshop will present a framework for community organizing, discuss historical examples of how this framework has played out, and use the knowledge in the room to illuminate the many ways one person can "get involved." Facilitated by Guante, Twin Cities MC, spoken-word artist, activist, and educator.

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