Date & Time

January 16, 2017

6:30-7:30 pm: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center
3-4:30 pm: Central Gym
11 am-2 pm: Powderhorn Recreation Center

Registration

Events are free and open to the public
No registration required

About

Join us for our annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations, a tribute to Dr. King’s life and legacy featuring keynote speakers, live entertainment, and the presentation of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Living the Dream award at MLK Recreation Center.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center

Monday, January 16
6:30–7:30 pm

The annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration includes a keynote presentation, live entertainment and a tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebration is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate. Refreshments will be available following the program.

Event Details

Living the Dream Award

The MPRB will present its “Living the Dream” award to an individual, business, or community group who has demonstrated dedication and distinguished service to the MPRB and the lives of Minneapolis residents. The honoree must act consistently with the teachings and examples of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as the award is intended to recognize those whose work embodies Dr. King’s message of justice for all and commitment to community.

Feeding the Dream Food Drive

The Celebration will mark the conclusion of the 8th Annual "Feeding the Dream" food drive. The food drive will take place at participating recreation centers throughout the city through January 16. The community service project was initiated in the Fall of 2009 and since then more than 10,000 pounds of donations have been collected and donated to families in need throughout Minneapolis. This year, all donations will go to The Aliveness Project and Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative.

Speakers & Performers

Emcee 
Chad Jackson
Senior Account Executive - Minnesota Twins

Keynote Speaker
Duchess Harris
Professor of American Studies, Department Chair at Macalester College. Author of four books.

Guest Speaker
Sandra Richardson
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Council

2017 Living the Dream Award Nominee
Jovonta Patton
#1 Billboard Chart-topping Artist/Community Activist

Performances by
Mike De'Cole
Award Winning Singer/Songwriter

Victoria Champion
Poetry

Flyer [PDF]

Address

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center
4055 Nicollet Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55409

superintendent Jayne Miller speaking

Central Gym

Monday, January 16
3-4:30 pm

Come and celebrate the life and movement of Dr. King. This event will be open to the public with recitals, choirs, music, dance, a guest speaker, and an old fashion soul food dinner.

Address

Central Gym
3400 Fourth Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Powderhorn Recreation Center

Monday, January 16
11 am-2 pm

Event Details

Celebrate the history of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a performance by Mixed Blood Theatre, lunch, drummers and a creative activity led by Articulture. Be sure to join us for this free, family-friendly event.

Feeding the Dream Food Drive

The Celebration will mark the conclusion of the Seventh Annual "Feeding the Dream" food drive. The food drive will take place at participating recreation centers throughout the city through January 16. The community service project was initiated in the Fall of 2009 and since then more than 10,000 pounds of donations have been collected and donated to families in need throughout Minneapolis. This year, all donations will go to The Aliveness Project and Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative.

Address

Powderhorn Recreation Center
3400 15th Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55407

serving food at Powderhorn's martin luther king junior day celebration

Get Involved

Feeding the Dream Food Drive Donation

Please look for a donation box at your local recreation center and contribute non-perishable food items to this important cause through January 16. This year, all donations will go to The Aliveness Project and Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative.

Event Contacts

Feeding the Dream Food Drive Inquiries

Tom Godfrey
Email: tgodfrey@minneapolisparks.org
Phone: 612-230-6484

Media Requests

Dawn Sommers
Email: dsommers@minneapolisparks.org
Phone: 612-230-6407