Martin Luther King Day 2009


While the biggest news about Martin Luther King Day this year is the movement to make the day “A day on, not a day off,” recruiting people to volunteer and give back to the community, as Dr. King did, there are more traditional observances as well, and many are listed below. For a more reflective look back with one of Minnesota’s civil rights pioneers, read about Matthew Little. And, if you are looking forward to Inauguration Day on January 20, which seems to many like an extension of Martin Luther King Day this year, see Kathlyn Stone’s round-up of Minnesota inauguration day events and celebrations.


Breakfast “Because of His Dream, I Can… Lead, Grow, Inspire.”
Sponsored by the General Mills Foundation and United Negro College Fund
7:00 am
MPLS Convention Center, Ballroom A; 1301 Second Ave S; Minneapolis, MN 55403;
Keynote: General Colin L. Powell, live broadcast
Ticket Price: $30.00 per person (sold out)
Phone: (612) 335-6000
Fax: (612) 335-6757

Martin Luther King Community Breakfasts
Central Presbyterian Church
The Central Mission Church
Faith United Methodist Church
Free, but registration required. Registration period has ended.
7:00 am – 9:00 am

A Dream For Change with T. Mychael Rambo
Monday, Jan. 19, 10:30a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Southdale Library
7001 York Ave. S., Edina , 55435
Take a closer look at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, legacy and dream through local Penumbra and Guthrie Theatre actor T. Mychael Rambo’s presentation: speeches, writings and words blended with selected poetry, music and song.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Southdale Library.

Dreams Unfurled
Westonka Library
Monday, Jan. 19, 3:00 p.m.
For kids in kindergarten and up. Jerry Blue, experienced Twin Cities storyteller, will inspire you to follow your dreams with stories related to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (an accomplished storyteller himself) and African folktales that focus on families, cooperation and children working together to help save the day.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Westonka Library.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: His Dream Today
Edina Library
Monday, Jan. 19, 2 p.m.
Judge Tanya Bransford, presiding judge, Juvenile Division of Hennepin County District Court, will discuss what Dr. King’s dream meant to her as a child and how she sees his vision in our world today.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Edina Library; Sponsored by the Edina Community Foundation.

I Have a Dream
Brookdale Library
Monday, Jan. 19, 10a.m. – 8 p.m.
Watch Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech showing in the StarDome Room, every hour on the hour.

Powderhorn Park Martin Luther King celebration
Noon to 2:00 pm
3400 15th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55407-2225
Youth and family event will feature games, food, crafts for kids, entertainment, music, and fun.

2009 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
Sponsored by Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Martin Luther King Park; 4055 Nicollet Ave S
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Performances by: Greater Mount Vernon Inspirational Choir, Stepping Stone Theatre Art of Dance Studio. Keynote Speaker: André Fische, Executive Director of Music Industries at the Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis, MN. The 2009 Martin Luther King, Jr. “Living the Dream” Award will be presented to Harriet Solomon.

“Education: American Dream or Public Crisis”
Sponsored by Council on Black Minnesotans and Concordia University
9:00 am to 3:00 pm, beginning at St. Paul Central High School (Lexington and Marshall Avenue in St. Paul) A host of events will take place throughout the day including a rally, march, and job fair. The kick-off rally at St. Paul Central features student and young adult speakers, poetry readings, musical & dance performances). An estimated 1,500 participants will march from St. Paul Central High School to Concordia University’s Gangelhoff Center on the corner of Hamline and Marshall Avenues for the main program and afternoon educational fair.


“The Fierce Urgency of Now: Remembering King’s Dream, Realizing Ours”
4:00 pm
Hamline University President, Dr. Linda Hanson will speak at the commemoration, as will students, faculty and staff members. There will also be musical selections by Hamline University Gospel Choir; a multi-faith invocation; audio and video clips of Dr. King and a charge to the university community from the president of the Hamline University PRIDE Black Student Alliance, Paris Richardson. (Sponsored by Hamline University Center for Multicultural and International Student Affairs)
Hamline University’s Klas Center is located at 1531 Taylor Avenue in Saint Paul, and the event is free and open to everyone.


“From Every Voice” concert commemorating the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr.
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis Campus, University of Minnesota
Sponsored by University of Minnesota
Free of charge and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.
The 2009 “From Every Voice” concert features Take 6, the award-winning a cappella group with a jazz and R&B sound that has won fans around the world. Take 6 has won 10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, one Soul Train Award, and two NAACP Image Award nominations. The group has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Don Henley, Ray Charles, Queen Latifah, and Quincy Jones, among many others.