Celebrating the Dream: MLK Events 2008


The Twin Cities are filled with celebrations of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, and this list is certainly incomplete. Please add your own listings in the comment section, as well as on our community calendar. Celebrations begin on January 15, the actual date of Dr. King’s birthday, with Myrlie Evers Williams speaking at the Basilica of St. Mary, and continue for more than a week.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15 – Martin Luther King’s Birthday
“Celebrate the Dream”: Minneapolis Community and Technical College’s 18th annual birthday tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.- Jan. 15, 7pm (doors open at 6pm) at The Basilica of Saint Mary, 16th & Hennepin Ave., Mpls. Myrlie Evers Williams, former chair of the NAACP and widow of Medgar Evers, will speak. Hosted by Roxanne Battle, with featured music by James Grear & Company and Nu Friends Community Choir.

11 a.m. Dreams Unfurled, at Southdale Library, 7001 York Ave. S., Edina. Jerry Blue, experienced Twin Cities storyteller, will inspire you to follow your dreams with stories related to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (an accomplished storyteller himself) and African folktales that focus on families, cooperation and children helping to save the day.

1 p.m . Keeping the Dream Alive, at Oxboro Library, 8801 Portland Ave. S., Bloomington. Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. Actor, vocalist and educator T. Mychael Rambo presents “Keeping the Dream Alive,” honoring, with words and music, the man who moved a nation and continues to inspire. Sponsored by the Friends of the Oxboro Library.

2:30 p.m. What’s Your Dream? Diversity Writing and Art Contest Reception, at Oxboro Library, 8801 Portland Ave. S., Bloomington. Winners of the “What’s Your Dream” Diversity Writing and Art Contest” will be announced.

“From Every Voice”: A Concert Honoring MLK, Jr. – Jan. 20
Sun. Jan. 20, 4:00 p.m. at Ted Mann Concert Hall on the West Bank of the U of M Twin Cities campus, 2128 4th St. S., Mpls. This year’s concert features gospel quintet The Steeles, one of Minneapolis’ most popular musical acts. Free. No registration or tickets are required. Sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Office for Equity and Diversity and the School of Music. INFO: oed@umn.edu, 612-624-0594, or visit www.academic.umn.edu/equity/MLK2008.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center, sponsored by General Mill Foundation and the United Negro College Fund. (Ticket deadline has passed.) The keynote speaker will be Tavis Smiley, author, journalist, political commentator, and talk show host.

7-9:30am Community breakfasts to celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Participants will be served a free, hot breakfast, all local breakfasts start at the same time and are held in St. Paul. Registration is required and is open from Dec.27 2007- Jan.14, 2008. To register, call the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches at (651) 789-3877, or go to www.spacc.org.
Eastside Breakfast, First Covenant Church, 1280 Arcade St.
Summit- University Breakfast, Central Baptist Church, 1280 Arcade St.
West Side/ West St. Paul Breakfast, Our Lady of Guadalupe catholic Church, 401 Concord St.
Downtown/ West 7th Breakfast, Science Museum, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd.

9:30 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration 2008 — Youth Rally at St. Paul Central High School, followed by a march down Marshall Avenue at 10:30 a.m.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Program at Gangelhoff Center of Concordia College from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This year’s theme is “Education: “Every Mind A Treasure to be Tapped.” The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Gregory D. Clark, author of “The Link Between Nutrition and IQ.” Daycare will be provided. There will be information booths and an Education Fair following the program.

The event, now more that 20 years-old, is organized by the State Council on Black Minnesotans on behalf of the Governor’s Commission on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. State-wide Holiday Celebration with the goal of promoting and presenting the MLK Holiday statewide celebration. For more information contact Lester Collins, executive director, or Charles A. Ellis, event coordinator at 651-643-3014.

11 a.m. – 6 p.m. I Have a Dream, at Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy., Brooklyn Center. Watch Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech showing in the StarDome Room, every hour on the hour.

1 p.m. The 20th Annual MLK Convocation, a celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will feature a program geared toward social justice and community involvement entitled “Visions of a Just Society: Dr. King’s Legacy.” Augsburg College, Hoversten Chapel/ Foss Center, 625 22nd Avenue South, Minneapolis. For more information, call (612) 330-1324 or go to www.augsburg.edu/convo.

2 p.m. African Folktales, at Excelsior Library, 343 Third St., Excelsior. For kids in grade 1 and up. Brother John Anderson showcases timeless African values through story, rhythm and music. Listen to the djembe, nicknamed the healing drum, and also known as the world’s first telephone.

6 p.m. Celebration and MLK Award Presentation at Martin Luther King Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis. A candlelight peace walk will begin at Central Green Gym, 3400 4th Ave. S, and end at Martin Luther King Park. Short program will begin at 6:45 pm with music, entertainment and refreshments. Buses will be provided back to Central Green Gym after the program. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will present the annual MLK Award to Sherman Patterson, policy aide for the Mayor’s Office, who serves on the Public Safety and Regulatory Services, Health Energy and Environment committees. This event is free for all ages. For more information, call 612-230-6400 or go to minneapolisparks.org.

6:00–9:00 p.m. Tubman Family Alliance Benefit Concert at The Minnesota Music Café, 501 Payne Ave., St. Paul. Featuring female artists including: Pamela McNeill, Wendy Gherity, Shalo Lee and Melissa Moser, along with surprise special guests. $5 cover. Locally sponsored gifts to be raffled throughout the evening. Free food. Sponsored by The Minnesota School of Business. For info. or to donate call Wendy, 612-616-1138.

7 p.m. Join the reception at Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy., Brooklyn Center, to honor the winners of the What’s Your Dream? Diversity Writing and Art Contest.

7-9:30 p.m. Focus on Darfur: This special community-wide event on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday will be held at the Church of St. Patrick Mahon Center, 6820 St. Patrick’s Lane, Edina. U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle will introduce his film “The Devil Came on Horseback,” which describes his experience in Darfur, Sudan. Discussion will follow on what individuals can do to stop the genocide and support the survivors of the ethnic cleansing taking place in Darfur.

4 p.m. Hamline University invites the public to the 2008 Annual Commemoration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Sundin Music Hall, 1531 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul. This program is designed as an opportunity to reflect upon, examine and celebrate Dr. King’s life, philosophy and legacy. This year’s will focus on “The Last Days of King, and participants will include faculty, staff and student presentations, along with the Hamline University Gospel Choir and special guest, local singer Mari Harris. The program also includes audio and video presentations of King’s work and a charge to the university community delivered by CLA student, Brittany Perry, president of the PRIDE Black Student Alliance. For more information, please contact the Center for Multicultural and International Student Affairs at 651-523-2423.

7 p.m. “What’s Your Dream? Diversity Writing and Art Contest Presentation Reception at Brookdale Library. Call 952-847-5610.

NOON Minnijean Brown-Trickey, one of a group of African-American teenagers known as the “Little Rock Nine,” will speak at Century College in the West Campus Theater. On Sept. 25, 1957, under the gaze of 1,200 armed soldiers and a worldwide audience, Minnijean Brown Trickey faced down an angry mob and helped to desegregate Central High. This seminal event in American history was just the beginning of Minnijean’s long career as a crusader for civil rights. She has spent her life fighting for the rights of minority groups and the dispossessed. For her work, she has received the U.S. Congressional Medal, the Wolf Award, the Spingarn Medal, and many other citations and awards. For more information contact Herbert King, Director, Century College Multi-cultural Center and International Student Advisor at 651-773-1794.