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Best MLK Events In The Twin Cities

January 5, 2011 11:50 AM

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It is the time of year to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., the man who had a dream that one day all people would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. School children get the day off to celebrate MLK day, so where can they go to learn about the day’s namesake? We’ve found some of the best places in the Twin Cities to celebrate one of our nation’s great leaders.

In no particular order…

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Martin Luther King Park
4055 Nicollet Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55409

There will be entertainment and local speakers and performers, like Danni Starr, former Miss Minnesota, and keynote speaker, Darrell Thompson — a former NFL Star. The free event takes place on Mon., Jan. 17 from 6-7 p.m. Refreshments follow the program. You can also help give back donating a food item to the Feed The Dream Community Food Drive. There are also events happening at Whitter and Powderhorn, too.

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U of M’s “Tapestry of Dreams” Concert

Ted Mann Concert Hall (100 Ferguson Hall)
2106 Fourth Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

This concert, taking place on Sun., Jan. 23 from 4-6 p.m., marks the 30th anniversary of the MLK concert. It is free and open to the public.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast

Minneapolis Convention Center (Ballroom A)
1301 Second Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403

This event, hosted by UNCF and General Mills, takes place at 7 a.m. on Jan. 17. The keynote speaker is Cory Booker, the Mayor of Newark, N.J., who you may have recently seen on ‘Oprah’ talking about education. Also American Idol contestant, Paris Bennett, will be one of the special guests. Tickets got for $30.

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‘I Have a Dream’ Film Viewing

Brookdale Library (StarDome Room)
6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy.
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Relive the famous speech that cemented the civil rights movement. You can watch Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech for free. It shows every hour starting at 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 17.

Martin Luther King

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Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

St. Paul Central High School
275 N. Lexington Ave
St. Paul, MN 55104

On Jan. 17 there will be a celebration which includes a rally, march, program and education fair. The high school along with the Council on Black Minnesotans and Concordia University put on the day-long event.

MCTC’s MLK Day Of Service

Minneapolis Community and Technical College
1501 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

On Jan. 15, you can start the morning with a breakfast speech then spend the day in service by going out the community and volunteering. Participants can do anything from reading to kids to preparing meals. You have to pre-register for the event.

Alison Lorge is a web producer and consumer blogger at WCCO.COM.

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  • Devoided

    Best of leisure? really? That’s where you place this? (not to mention you are a week early)

  • Dave

    Will you be doing the same for George Washing and Abraham Lincoln in February?

    • Heather

      Kids don’t get Lincoln or Washington’s birthday off from school, so I’m guessing the answer is no. However, my plan is to educate my children about all of these outstanding individuals: MLK, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, etc. I think it’s the best policy to educate our kids about all the people who paved the path for where we are today – whether we get a day off or not.

      • Kristina

        Pradon me, but I believe they do its called Presidents Day? 2/21/11

    • Amber

      Dave –

      Learn to celebrate and embrace diversity.

      • Duhhhhh

        Who said he’s not diverse? I think you should stop making assumtions about people. Dave has a good point… will they posting events to celebrate Lincoln and Washington?

  • Mr T

    I love Martin luther King’s speech where he spoke out against the Vietnam war. It’s his best speech and often not spoken about. He knew war was a rich man’s game and a poor man’s burden. I wish Obama was more like MLK.

    You can’t pretend to be like MLK, he was brave and sloid. He spoke of the isolation of how black people lived on island in a vast ocean of wealth.

    He was genuine and spiritual………….

  • Janet

    I find it interesting that on this day of remembrance MLK was assassinated while trying to solve the Garbage workers strike and yet on today of all days the City of Minneapolis Garbage workers have to work? What does that say about us?

  • Jerry

    Please Today let Civilty rulle…Remember Tucson? … word

  • H.T.

    Dave and the other idiot is why MLK fought and gave his life; I knew exactly what Dave was trying to say and it was not an assumption. I do not think that I would compare MLK with Washington or Lincoln, or any of the other forced days of celebration and worship in this country. Thinks have gotten some what better, but with D and D and others like them we still have a long way to go!

  • Renee

    Dave, it is because of people like you that many of us Americans will honor MLK day every year until our death. You are comnparing apples to oranges. Although some may agree both Washington and Lincoln were “good” Presidents, we should keep in mind these Presidents were in a privildged role, a role African-American people could not even dream of holding, let alone have the same rights as other Americans.. Also lets keep in mind President Washington himself OWNED over 200 slaves.

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