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Week-long activities celebrate the legacies of civil rights leaders

Budgeteer News The Twin Ports community will have the opportunity to celebrate the legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela in a series of events planned for Jan. 17-20. An Evening with MLK On Saturday night, the Unitarian Univer...

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The Twin Ports community will have the opportunity to celebrate the legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela in a series of events planned for Jan. 17-20.

An Evening with MLK
On Saturday night, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth hosts “MLK and the Expansion of his Dream: An Evening of Readings, Writings, and Remembering.” The evening will feature music and dramatic readings that feature both Dr. King and other significant features from history. Come to 835 College Street on Jan. 18 at
7 p.m. for this evening of word and song.
MLK Ecumenical Service
St. Mark AME will host a community worship service on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 4 p.m. This year’s theme focuses on “aiming our children in the right direction” with the featured speaker as Dr. Betty Jo Webb, former assistant superintendent of the Minneapolis Public Schools and the founder of Wise Charter School. All are welcome to attend. St. Mark AME Church is located at 530 N. Fifth Ave. East.
MLK Community Breakfast
The tradition of a free community breakfast continues on Monday, Jan. 20, at Holy Family Catholic Church at 2430 W. Third St. The breakfast begins at 7 a.m. with a local program starting around 7:30 a.m. At 8 a.m., community members will watch a large-screen broadcast of the program from Minneapolis. The keynote speaker is Donna Brazile. The meal will be catered by the African-American Men’s Group with funding support from the General Mills Foundation.
March and Rally
After the breakfast, community members are invited to march from the Washington Center to the DECC for a rally that will connect the legacies of Dr. King and Nelson Mandela. Marchers will gather at 10:45 a.m. at the Washington Center. In case of extreme cold, the march will be shortened and head through the skywalk in downtown Duluth to the DECC.
At the rally, speakers will include Dr. Roger Gregoire, who is an educator focused on inspiring people to learn how to learn; Jireh Mabamba, a UMD student originally from Congo, who completed his primary and secondary education in South Africa; and Chang’aa Mweti, a professor of education at UMD, originally from Kenya.
The focus of the event will be on the power of education and the legacies of Dr. King and Nelson Mandela. Additionally, there will be musical performances and the winners of the Drum Major for Peace awards will be announced.
For more information on these events, as well as other community celebrations, please visit www.mlk-duluth.org .

 

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