Twin Ports Connects the Legacies of Dr. King and Nelson Mandela
The Twin Ports communities will have the opportunity to celebrate the legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela in a series of events planned for January 17 through January 20, 2014.
Duluth’s Got Talent
The events kick off with a Talent Showcase of youth in the Twin Ports. Duluth’s Got Talent: Friday Night with MLK will be held on January 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Duluth East High School auditorium at 301 N. 40th Avenue East. Tryouts for the talent show will be held on January 10 and any one interested in performing should contact Allegra Henderson at 218.269.1453.
An Evening with MLK
On Saturday night, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth hosts MLK and the Expansion of his Dream: An Evenings 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 January 18 at 7:00 pm for this evening of word and song.
MLK Ecumenical Service
St. Mark AME will host a community worship service on Sunday, January 19 at 4 pm. This year’s theme focuses on “aiming our children in the right direction,” with the featured speaker as Dr. Betty Jo Webb, is former Asst. 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 5th Ave E.
MLK Community Breakfast
The tradition of a free community breakfast continues on Monday, January 20 at Holy Family Catholic Church on 2430 West Third Street. The breakfast begins at 7 am with a local program starting around 7:30 pm. 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 am 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 who is 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