ST. PAUL (Jan. 17, 2014) — Though his life was tragically cut short, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy as an advocate for civil rights lives on in Minnesota and around the world.
“Lifting Every Voice, Dreaming as We Strive” – a celebration of Dr. King’s life and vision on Monday, Jan. 20 at the Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd West, St. Paul, MN 55102.
The event starts at 8:30 a.m. with the Council on Black Minnesotans’ discussion on the 88th legislative session; followed by 10:15 a.m. “March Reenactment” beginning at the Cathedral of Saint Paul and end at the Minnesota History Center, where an 11 a.m. “Celebration Program” will be followed by a 12:30 p.m. “Community Meal.”
Governor Mark Dayton will be joined by keynote speaker Representative Keith Ellison, elected officials, and Governor Dayton’s Council on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, for a statewide celebration of Dr. King’s life and legacy.
Dayton’s opening remarks will be about Dr. King’s life and legacy, and event highlights include performances by diverse groups from around the state, and the presentation of colors by the Minnesota National Guard. The celebration can be viewed via webcast at http://new.livestream.com/accounts/5053468/events/2694451. There will be live American Sign Language Interpretation at the event, and on the webcast.
Through Governor Dayton’s Executive Order, the council is charged with commemorating and celebrating Dr. King’s legacy of equal rights and opportunity. As part of this mission, the council plans an annual event in honor of Dr. King.
Every year since 1986, the Governor’s Council has hosted a statewide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration event. The theme of this year’s celebration, “Lifting Every Voice, Dreaming as We Strive,” and recognizes that in order to advance toward, and finally achieve Dr. King’s dream of equality for all Americans, we must engage every voice throughout Minnesota in our continuing campaign for justice.