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Twin Ports events to honor legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Five days of activities honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. begin Thursday night in Duluth. Friday would have been the 87th birthday of the prominent civil rights leader, who was assassinated in 1968. Monday is the official Martin Luthe...

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Five days of activities honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. begin Thursday night in Duluth.

Friday would have been the 87th birthday of the prominent civil rights leader, who was assassinated in 1968. Monday is the official Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

The Twin Ports MLK Arts & Culture Festival will include a variety of events from Thursday through Monday. All events are free and open to the public. They include:

  • Mayor's Martin Luther King Reception, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, The Underground at the Depot, 506 W. Michigan St. Featured speakers include Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and Kym Young of the Superior African Heritage Community and the Justice City Coalition.
  • Friday Night with MLK: Duluth's Got Talent, 7 p.m. Friday, Denfeld High School Auditorium, 401 N. 44th Ave. W. Young residents of Duluth will show off their music, dance and other talents.
  • Jam'n with MLK: A Night of Celebration of the Contributions of African-Americans, Saturday, Peace United Church of Christ, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E. A 6 p.m. dinner will be followed by a 7 p.m. performance celebrating the contributions of people of African heritage to music, poetry and other art forms, with nods to local history.
  • Community ecumenical worship service, 5 p.m. Sunday, St. Mark's AME Church, 530 N. 5th Ave. E. The Rev. Marchelle Hallman, chaplain of the Minnesota Department of Corrections facility at Lino Lakes, will address the theme "Civil & Right: Are You Living the Dream?" To join the MLK community choir, contact Marquis Billingsley at (708) 252-5175.
  • Community breakfast, 7 a.m. Monday, Holy Family Catholic Church, 2430 W. Third St. The Twin Ports African-American Men's Group will serve breakfast with catering support from Duluth Grill. At 8 a.m. there will be a broadcast of former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick speaking at the Twin Cities Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast on the theme of "Civil & Right: Are You Living the Dream?"
  • March and rally, Monday. The community is invited to gather at the Washington Center (Lake Avenue and Fourth Street) at 10:45 a.m. to march to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. A rally will be held at the DECC Auditorium starting about 11:45 a.m., with Lissa Jones as the featured speaker. Jones is the host of "Urban Agenda" on KMOJ-FM in Minneapolis, and has helped lead a variety of community organizations. The rally also will include presentation of the Arthur Foy Justice for Peace Awards.
  • Labor Movie Night: "At the River I Stand," 7 p.m. Monday, Wellstone Labor Hall, 2002 London Road. The 56-minute documentary explores Dr. King's connection with labor rights and his last hours in Memphis. Light snacks and a facilitated discussion follow the film.

For more information on the events, go to mlk-duluth.org . This year's events are being held with the support of the Northland Foundation.

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