Minneapolis College Invites Community to MLK Event Jan. 25

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Minneapolis College invites you to join us in 
Celebration and Engagement

The life and works of Martin Luther King, Jr. have been celebrated and memorialized at Minneapolis College since 1991 when Arthur Ashe shared his life experiences in a dynamic and provocative presentation. Subsequent events included insights into Dr. King's life and messages of love and hope with presentations by Maya Angelou, Ben Vereen, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and Cicely Tyson, to name a few. Participants in other celebrations were challenged to engage in social justice work through the wise counsel of Kweisi Mfume, James Meredith, Rev. Joseph Lowery and Sondra Samuels.

Inspired by the teachings of Yolanda and Bernice King, the celebration began incorporating service work as one of the major activities of the celebration. Rooted in its long tradition of celebration and service, the 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is framed by the Kwanzaa principle of Collective Work and Responsibility. We hope you enjoy the day.

Friday, January 25, 2019 | T Plaza
  • Service projects | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
    • Non-Perishable Care Package Making | T Plaza first floor,  Facilitator: Mariah, Minneapolis College student, African American Empowerment (AME) Progam
    • Blanket Making | T Plaza first floor, Facilitator: LeeAnn Nyberg, Central Scheduling
  • Panel discussion | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    • Panel Discussion | Beloved Communities | Leslie Redmond, President of NAACP, Minneapolis Chapter & Dr. Josie Johnson, Human Rights & Social Justice Activist 
    • Moderated by: Lauren Feiersinger, President of Student Senate, Minneapolis College
  • Dinner | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
    • Welcome | Emcee: Lissa Jones, KMOJ’s Radio Host of Urban Agenda
    • Opening Remarks: Dr. Sharon Pierce, President, Minneapolis College, Dr. Jay Williams, Chief Diversity Officer, Equity & Inclusion, Minneapolis College
    • Libations and Permission from the Elders | Students from the African-American Education Empowerment Program (AME)
    • Collective Singing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” led by Emcee, Lissa Jones
    • Dinner | Provided on a First-Come Basis
  • Keynote address with Q&A | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    • Awards Ceremony | Unsung Hero and AME Lifetime Award
    • Keynote Speaker | Dr. Duchess Harris, Introduced by Emcee, Lissa Jones
    • Closing Remarks by Dr. Charles Watson, AME Program Coordinator
Miriam Harris

Keynote Speaker: Professor, author and lecturer Dr. Miriam ‘Duchess’ Harris

Professor Harris was a Mellon Mays Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated in 1991 with a degree in American History. Six years later, she earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. She did postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota Law School and at the Womanist Studies Consortium at the University of Georgia.

For more information call 612-659-6471.

Sponsored by:
Equity and Inclusion Division, Minneapolis College Foundation, African American Education Empowerment Program (AME), Student Life, Public Safety, Green Dot and Facilities Division


Free parking is available in the Minneapolis College Parking Ramp.