Official MLK Day event in Minnesota
ST. PAUL, Minn. (Jan. 15, 2016) — The Minnesota Council on Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday will hold its 2016 event, “The Power of Telling Your Story: 30 Years of Us” on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. This year’s event will be held at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington Street, St. Paul, Minn. 55102
9 a.m. Youth Rally – Ordway Concert Hall
10:15 a.m. Assemble for March Re-Enactment
10:30 a.m. March Begins from main entrance of the Ordway Center*
11 a.m. Celebration Program – Ordway Music Theater
1 p.m. Event ends
The march will begin at the corner of 4th Street and Washington Street and proceed down 4th Street. Participants will then make left turns on Wabasha Street and 5thStreet. The march will end at the corner of 5th Street and Washington Street. Participants will gather at the main entrance of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts following the march.
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. On Monday, January 18, 2016, Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith will be joined by keynote speaker Talia Lewis, founder of Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf; elected officials; and the Governor’s Council on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, for a statewide celebration of Dr. King’s life and legacy.
Through Governor Dayton’s Executive Order, the Governor’s Council on Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday 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 on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday has hosted a statewide event. The theme of this year’s celebration is “The Power of Telling Your Story: 30 Years of Us.” As part of the event, Governor Dayton will provide opening remarks about Dr. King’s life and legacy.
Other event highlights include performances by diverse groups from around the state, and the presentation of colors by the Minnesota National Guard. There will be live American Sign Language Interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services at the event.