Martin Luther King Jr.
The official statewide celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day took place at Macalester College in St. Paul.
A number of protesters staged a “die-in” at the state’s official event honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy to demand changes to police practices. The protesters also joined hands and held signs bearing messages such as “White Silence = Violence” as politicians such as Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Keith Ellison, and Sen. Al Franken addressed the crowd.
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The “Black Lives Matter” group that held a protest at the Mall of America last month is planning another big event in downtown St. Paul on Monday.
The group involved in the protest that partially shut down the Mall of America last month says it’s planning a march as part of a national movement to reclaim the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
A man who broke color barriers and led Minnesota in the Civil Rights Movement was remembered Saturday. Matthew Little, long-time president of the Minneapolis NAACP, passed away last Sunday after complications from pneumonia. He was 92. Hundreds of people gathered for a memorial service at Shiloh Temple in north Minneapolis.
The third Monday of every January is one of ten national holidays that government employees get every year. Most children have no school and every state and federal employee receives a paid day off. The first official observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday was on January 20, 1986 – 18 years after the Civil Rights leader was shot. But David Chang, a professor of U.S. history at the University of Minnesota, says the idea for the holiday came just four days after the assassination in 1968.
Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and tributes for the late civil rights leader were held across the country.
The University of Minnesota will host its 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute on Jan. 19. The concert will feature composer Bill Banfield and Jazz Urbane plus performances by Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock, vocalist Yolanda Williams and high school students from the FAIR School in Minneapolis.
On Thursday night, the Minneapolis Urban League will recognize a community leader who’s been active in the Twin Cities for more than 50 years. She was part of a small group of Minnesotans who took part in the historic March on Washington. We have a look at why Dr. Josie Johnson is being honored with the distinguished Trailblazer Award.
A Minneapolis-based multicultural theater is bringing its celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to the New York Mills Cultural Center.
Mistral Raymond’s life could have taken a turn for the worse, if not for his grandmother and football. The second-year safety endured tragedy during college. Now, this season an ankle injury has tested his mental fortitude.
Rev. William Owens takes great issue with Obama’s linkage of Dr. King’s civil rights movement of the past to the current gay rights movement regarding same-sex marriage. Owens says that King embraced traditional religion, and he strongly suggests that King would not want his civil rights’ mission altered to include same-sex marriage.
From serving the hungry to building homes, volunteers in Minnesota are getting active in the community on Monday to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As many celebrate Martin Luther King Day this Monday, several offices and services will be closed.