Martin Luther King Day is a Federal holiday, and Martin Luther King Day is a holiday in the state of Minnesota.
Many organizations in Minneapolis and St. Paul hold events to commemorate and remember the life and work of Dr. King on this day. All events are on Martin Luther King Day, Monday January 21 2013, unless otherwise noted.
Events and Celebrations on Martin Luther King Day in Minneapolis and St. Paul
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Celebration is held in the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Recreation Center at 4055 Nicollet Avenue S. in Minneapolis. Cobe Williams, a Violence Interrupter for Cease Fire Chicago, give a keynote presentation. The event will also feature performances from the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir and the SteppingStone Theatre. The Minneapolis Parks Board will present their "Living the Dream" award at the event. 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm, free, and open to the public.
Martin Luther King Feeding the Dream Community Food Drive The fourth annual “Feeding the Dream” Community Food Drive is underway at all Minneapolis Parks recreation centers. Bring non-perishable food donation to your local recreation center, or to the event above.
23nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast is held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This year's keynote speaker is Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund. The event also has several other speakers, and musical performances. Tickets are $30.
Martin Luther King Community Breakfasts. The St. Paul Area Council of Churches host community breakfasts at churches and across the Twin Cities: Progressive Baptist Church, St. Paul; Faith United Methodist, West St. Paul; Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, St. Paul; White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church, Mahtomedi; St. Bridget's Catholic Church, River Falls, WI;. Tickets are required, and a suggested donation of $5 per ticket is requested, children are free. You must register for tickets by January 16.
St. Paul Central High School and Concordia University Annual Martin Luther King Celebration A day of events starts with rally at St. Paul's Central High School Auditorium, followed by a march from the school to Concordia. Participation in the march and all other events is open to all, and participants with positive banners and signs for the march are welcomed. A celebration at Concordia University follows, with presentations, music, dance, spoken word and poetry performances.
Augsburg College Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation. Augsburg College's Convocation Series hosts a free, public event on Martin Luther King Day. The name of the event is Searching for MLK: A provocative exploration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and will be curated by T. Mychael Rambo and Brian Grandison. Monday, January 21, 1 p.m. Check the Augsburg Convocation Series website for the latest information on the event.
Minneapolis Community and Technical College: Martin Luther King Day of Service. A community breakfast at MCTC with keynote speaker Dr. Duchess Harris, followed by a day of community service projects with organizations around Minneapolis. Participation is open to all. Register to participate at MCTC's website.
Bell Concert at Minneapolis/Hennepin County Courthouse. The Tower Bell Foundation perform an annual Martin Luther King concert on the courthouse's bells, featuring songs of peace and patriotic music. The concert is noon- 1 p.m listeners can hear inside or outside the Courthouse. Pending confirmation - check the Tower Bell Foundation website for event details.
Martin Luther King Events outside the Metro AreaIn Duluth? There are several Martin Luther King events planned, including a march and rally, prayer vigil, community breakfast, and several other events over the weekend and on Martin Luther King Day.
Attractions and Things to do on Martin Luther King DayMost shopping malls, museums and attractions, and many businesses and offices will generally be open as usual on Martin Luther King Day. Hours may be different for Martin Luther King Day, so call for hours. The Science Museum of Minnesota, and the Childrens Museum of Minnesota are open.
Metro Transit buses and trains will be running a normal weekday schedule on Martin Luther King Day.