2014 Black history events calendar


MLK Holiday Breakfast
When: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, 7:00 a.m.
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, Ballroom A, 1301 Second Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
Admission Cost: $30.00 per person, see below for ticket information
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 http://www.mlkbreakfast.com/Breakfast.aspx

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
When: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Powderhorn Community Center, 3400 15th Avenue S.
Admission Cost: 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: www.minneapolisparks.org

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The Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation at Augsburg College: Music for Martin
When: Monday, Jan. 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, Jan. 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, www.calvarychurchmpls.org

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
When: Monday, Jan. 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 atmgregory@Minneapolisparks.org.
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 www.minneapolisparks.org or call 612-230-6479.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert 2014
When: Thursday, Jan. 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 www.nhcc.edu.

History HiJinx: Black History Month
When: Feb. 1, 2014, Feb. 2, 2014, Feb. 8, 2014, Feb. 9, 2014, Feb. 15, 2014, Feb. 16, 2014, Feb. 22, 2014, Feb. 23, 2014
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Minnesota History Center,
Admission Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
Visit the History Center for free programming each weekend in February. Explore the Minnesota’s Greatest Generation exhibit and learn about Harold Brown, a WWII Tuskegee airman. Try on a parachute pack and make your own model aircraft.

The Ballad of Emmett Till by Ifa Bayeza directed by Talvin Wilks
When: Feb. 6 – March 2, 2014
Where: Penumbra Theatre Company
Admission Cost: Adult $40.00 and Student (with a valid school ID for college/university) $15.00
His brutal death was the spark that ignited one of the most important social justice movements in the world, but Emmett Till remains a stranger to most Americans. The Ballad of Emmett Till introduces you to the boy and celebrates his life through the eyes of those who loved him and knew him best. As his mother said, her son was “the sacrificial lamb of the Civil Rights Movement.” When he died, the world woke up
For ticket purchase, go to http://www.penumbratheatre.org/ or call (651) 224-3180.

Restoring Our Hidden Legacy- Panel Discussion
When: Feb. 8, 2014, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Where: Shiloh Temple, 1201 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Confirmed panelists include Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati, professor emeritus, Macalester College; Professor Shannon Gibney, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and V.J. Smith, national president of Mad Dads. The panel will be moderated by pastor and journalist Les Lester. Les has served as a reporter for the Chicago Defender newspaper and in radio news.
The theme of our Black History Month celebration is Restoration 2014.

African Americans in Ports and Waterways
When: Feb. 13, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.
Admission Cost: Free
The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Historical Society team up to present a program for Black History Month, focusing on African Americans in transportation. Join us as we navigate through the history of Black voyagers and sailors who explored the Great Lakes and Northern Territories.
African American Cultural Impact on the 1920s
Two presentations for Black History Month

“The Racial Divide during the Harlem Renaissance”
When: Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.
Where: Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis
Admission Cost: Free
Wellesley College and Northeastern University, noted author and cultural historian Carla Kaplan will speak about the African-American cultural impact on the 1920s.

Book Reading and Book Signing- Carla Kaplan
When: Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.
Where: Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul
Admission Cost: Free
Carla Kaplan will read from her award-winning book, Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance