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Feb 12th

Naomi Tutu keynote speaker for 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast

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 naomi-tutuGlobal human rights activist Naomi Tutu will deliver the keynote presentation sharing her passion for race and gender equality at the 22nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012.

The 2012 breakfast will include musical performances from The Steeles and Walker West Music Academy, and the presentation of the Local Legend and Emerging Legend community service awards. Tutu will be introduced by UNCF president and CEO Michael L. Lomax.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast is a partnership between the General Mills Foundation and UNCF (United Negro College Fund), which supports the education of more than 60,000 college students each year.  Dr. King was an alumnus of UNCF member institution Morehouse College.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast is an opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of the man and movement that not only changed civil rights laws for all Americans, but set in motion the drive for human rights reform worldwide. The theme of this year's breakfast is "Building Peace and Unity within the Global Community."

Tutu’s experience growing up Black and female in apartheid South Africa led her to choose a career as an activist for human rights. In 2011, Tutu became an ambassador of Join My Village. Join My Village is an innovative, online social change initiative facilitated by the humanitarian organization CARE with financial support from General Mills and Merck that seeks to empower women and girls in the developing world.

Tickets for the breakfast, which will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center, are now available at As in past years, the St. Paul Area Council of Churches will host several simultaneous free breakfasts that allow guests to watch the Minneapolis event on television. More information on these sites is available at


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