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Duluth NAACP plans virtual events for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In lieu of a traditional march, interfaith service or community breakfast, the NAACP will host a series of virtual activities.

2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Day march in Duluth
Participants in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march try their best to keep warm in strong winds blowing down Superior Street in 2020.
Bob King / File / Duluth News Tribune

The Duluth Branch of the NAACP will not be hosting a community march, interfaith service or breakfast on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 17, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"While the pandemic has altered how we gather, it has not halted our efforts to dismantle racism and disrupt inequality," read a press release from the Duluth Branch NAACP. "At this time of year, we are reminded of our call to action for racial and social justice and invite you to do the same. ... We invite you to engage in the following events to identify and commit to your personal call to action for racial and social justice."

The community is invited to join in several virtual events held throughout the week:

  • Community reading of the "Letter from Birmingham Jail," 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, on Zoom. To participate as a reader, visit Duluth NAACP website, duluthnaacp.org/mlk , to sign up and attend. Note that People of Color will have priority in reading assignments.
  • "Fierce Urgency of Now" MLK virtual breakfast program Twin Cities fundraiser, 8:45 a.m., Monday, Jan. 17. This breakfast fundraiser will benefit the United Negro College Fund Twin Cities. Buy tickets at mlkbreakfast.com
  • "Dr. King's Words into Actions: Black Empowerment Across the Generations" documentary viewing and conversations, 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 17, on Zoom. Visit Duluthnaacp.org for more details.
  • "Unity, Service, Justice" a listening session with Dr. Artika Tyner, noon Wednesday, Jan. 19, on Zoom. Tyner serves as the founding director of the Center on Race, Leadership and Social Justice at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. She will share her insight on creating unity in our community. Visit tinyurl.com/rcmlk to register for free.
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