Celebrating the Dream on Martin Luther King Day (and week)


Last year’s Martin Luther King Day was a day of service around the country, beginning a practice that is likely to catch on. For a champion of social and racial justice in the United States and around the world, it is fitting that Martin Luther King’s birthday is celebrated by volunteering our time and services to our communities. Using your zipcode, you can find places to volunteer at the government-built platform, Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service

Two of Minnesota’s largest Martin Luther King celebrations will see their twentieth anniversaries this year.

For the last twenty years, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) has been hosting the “Celebrate the Dream Birthday Tribute to MLK.” This year, MCTC will host a series of events to lead up to their signature event on Friday, January 15, featuring Geoffrey Canada as its keynote speaker. Canada runs the Harlem Children’s Zone, a non-profit organization that is nationally recognized for its groundbreaking family-oriented education initiatives.

Rev. Joseph Lowery, a civil rights advocate who worked closely with Martin Luther King during the civil rights movement will be the keynote speaker at this year’s MLK breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Most recently Rev Lowery gave a benediction during President Obama’s inauguration. One of the largest, and most recognized MLK breakfasts in the country, this event, with a theme of “Dream from the Mountaintop: Share the Legacy, Shape the Future,” is hosted by the General Mills Foundation and United Negro College Fund.

Below — a handy guide to MLK events around the Twin Cities:

Friday, January 15
MCTC 20th Annual Celebrate the Dream Birthday Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Keynote: Geoffrey Canada
7:00 pm at the Basilica of St. Mary
88 17th Street North, Minneapolis
Cost: Free

Saturday, January 16
Foreclose the War, Not People’s Homes!
1:00 p.m. Meet at 38th Street and Park Avenue South, Minneapolis, for protest and bannering in front of the home of Leslie Parks, Minneapolis resident fighting to save her home from foreclosure.
1:30 p.m. Travel to an indoor program at St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and program starts at 1:45 p.m.
Sponsored by: the Iraq Peace Action Coalition (IPAC) and the Minnesota Coalition for a People’s Bailout. WAMM is a member of both coalitions.

Monday, January 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast (http://www.mlkbreakfast.org)
Keynote: Rev. Joseph Lowery
7 a.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center
Cost: $30

Free MLK Breakfast Meetings:
Hosted by the St. Paul area churches, these meetings will be hosted, from 7am to 9:30am, in five churches around the state. Click here for details on meetings in your neighborhood.
Registration deadline: January 13th, 2010.
Cost: Free

Martin Luther King Day at Central High School – St. Paul
The Fierce Urgency of Now – Make that Change
9:30 a.m. rally kicks off the day with student and young adult speakers, musical & dance performances
10:30 a.m. march to Concordia University
11 a.m. Keynote address by Nekima Levy-Pounds

MICAH Marchers
The Ramsey Chapter of MICAH invites you to participate in our Central Corridor Justice campaign by joining us in the annual Martin Luther King Day March in Saint Paul this January 18th. The march begins at Saint Paul Central High School at 275 North Lexington. The march starts at 10:30 and we are asking people to gather at 9:30 inside Central, to the left of the auditorium. The march is a half-hour long and will end at Concordia University’s Gangelhoff Center, 235 Hamline Avenue.

MLK Youth and Family Event
Music, games and refreshments
12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Powderhorn Park Community Center
3400 15th Ave So.
Cost: Free

History HiJinx: “I Have A Dream” Luminaries
“Use colorful tissue paper and markers to write messages that reflect messages of mutual respect, tolerance and understanding and then make a collage by putting the opaque papers onto the luminary panels to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King. When assembled a candle will shed light on words to remember and live by.”
Noon to 4 p.m. at the History Museum
Cost: $10 (adults), $8 (students)

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Fair (more information at end of article)
3 – 6 p.m.
St. Peter’s AME Church
401 East 41st Street
Minneapolis, MN 55409

Minnesota Timberwolves Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Monday, Jan. 18, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Target Center prior to the Wolves/76ers game
Presentation of “Taking A Stand…Moving the Dream Forward,” focusing on the Children’s Crusade during the civil rights era. Written by local directors T. Mychael Rambo and Brian Grandison and performed by area high school students.
Ticket to game is required for admission, call 612-673-8386

Tuesday, Jan. 19
Free film screening: “You Got to Move: Stories of Change in the South”
5:30 to 8 p.m. at North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Ave. N., Minneapolis
Cost: Free

Wednesday, Jan 20
Progressive political analyst Michael Parenti will give a lecture on “Real Democracy & Class Power” assessing the King legacy and how the Obama administration is fulfilling or falling short of the dream.
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Century College, West Campus Theatre
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. small group discussion will follow at the West Cafeteria Conference Room
Cost: Free

Dr. Rose Brewer, a nationally recognized scholar on class, gender and race, will give a lecture on “Women of the Civil Rights Movement” at Metropolitan State University.
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Great Hall, New Main
700 E. 7th St, St. Paul
Cost: Free with RSVP cultural.events@metrostate.edu
Other events at Metro State


Students, parents and families are invited to commemorate the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday by attending a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Fair on Monday, January 18, from 3 – 6 p.m.
Representatives and alumni from over 20 colleges and universities will be in attendance, including:

·         Florida A&M
·         North Carolina A&T
·         Spelman College
·         Morehouse College
·         Lane College
·         Howard University
·         Clark Atlanta
·         Dillard
·         Tuskegee
·         Wilberforce University
·         University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff
·         Virginia Union
·         Hampton University
·         Philander Smith

A Skype connection, or an internet-based teleconference, opportunity with Howard University will also be available. Food, entertainment and door prizes will be available at no charge.
This event is hosted in partnership by St. Peter’s AME Church, AchieveMpls, MCAN (MN College Access Network), College Goal Sunday, UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and Minneapolis Public Schools.

WHAT:                  HBCU Fair

WHEN:                  Monday, January 18, from 3 – 6 p.m.
WHERE:                St. Peter’s AME Church
401 East 41st Street
Minneapolis, MN 55409