Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) for their annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center (4055 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55409).

The celebration will be emceed by Chad Jackson, Manager, Corporate Partner Sales, with the Minnesota Twins. Roger Cummings, Founding Principal and Chief Cultural Producer at Juxtaposition Arts, will be the keynote speaker. Performances that evening will feature, Ernest Bisong, Award winning local Jazz Musician, and from the Praise Dancers.

The MPRB will present its “Living the Dream” award, which honors an individual, business, or community group who has demonstrated dedication and distinguished service to the MPRB and the lives of Minneapolis residents. This year’s recipient is Lynne Crockett, Community Leader and Volunteer.

The celebration will also mark the conclusion of the 11th annual “Feeding the Dream” Food Drive. Residents are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items at their local MPRB Recreation Center through January 20.

The community service project was initiated in the fall of 2009 and since then more than 13,000 pounds of donations have been collected. This year, all donations will go to Sabathani Community Center and NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 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.

MPRB will also celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at two other events:

Lunch and performances

Powderhorn Recreation Center11 am to 2 pm
Celebrate the history of Martin Luther King, Jr. with performances and lunch. Doors open at 11 am for this free, family friendly event. Volunteers are welcome!

Music, dance and soul food

Central Gym3 to 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-fashioned soul food dinner.

For more information, please visit www.minneapolisparks.org or call 612-230-6400.