Community Voices: A white boy’s thoughts on Martin King

(I originally posted this on Facebook, but that is probably not the right venue for essays.)


Martin Luther King. His day, so to speak?  What should a white boy think or say about this?  I was born in 1950 and remember the snarling hostility towards King. The billboards saying “Martin Luther King is a Communist.” And so on. King was hated by nany people, including my family. Continue Reading

Martin Luther King Day in the Twin Cities: A chance to connect, reflect, serve

 “Love is creative and redemptive. Love builds up and unites; hate tears down and destroys…the aftermath of the love method is reconciliation and creation of the beloved community.” —Martin Luther King, Jr., 1957 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, celebrated the third Monday of every January, offers the nation an opportunity to both celebrate and soul-search. As we reflect on the words of King and the turbulent times in which he lived, we are reminded of the progress made in the march towards racial and socio-economic equality.  We are also reminded of the work yet to be done in fulfilling King’s dream, and the role each of us can play in building that “beloved community.”  Below is a round-up of Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations in the greater Twin Cities area — from concerts to volunteer opportunities — that provide the perfect occasion to join with others and engage in the community. As always, we invite you to use the comment section to add an event not listed or share your favorite way to celebrate the MLK Jr. Holiday.Related articles:First-person accounts from the March on Washington Over 40 years ago Martin Luther King, Jr. pointed out the “illusion of the damned” The MLK Day of Service: Voices of the Community Celebrating the Dream, January 18 Minneapolis Community and Technical College, 1501 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN8 am – 2 pmBreakfast –  8-8:45 amProgram – 8:45 amVolunteer –  10 am (return to campus by 2 pm)Light breakfast plus inspirational speakers, music, and Spoken Word performances. Special guests: Reg Chapman, WCCO-TV reporter, Sondra Samuels, president and CEO, Northside Achievement Zone, Deliverance for Youth, MCTC’s Spoken Word and MCTC Civil Rights scholars.Rondo ’56 by Dan Chouinard, January 19 St. Continue Reading

Feed the Dream

The Minneapolis Parks’ “Feed The Dream” event was held at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park in South Minneapolis on Monday, January 16th.

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