Duluth Hosting Three Public Events In Honor Of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States. The federal holiday marks the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. and is observed on the third Monday of January each year.
There will be tributes and events throughout the country, including right here in the Northland. In Duluth, there will be three related events in which the public can participate.
According to the Duluth Area Chamber Of Commerce, the events are all free to attend, beginning with breakfast. Here is where to be and when for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Duluth:
Community Breakfast - 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
The day will begin with a free community breakfast at First United Methodist Church, located at 230 E. Skyline Parkway. The breakfast, which is sponsored by the General Mills Foundation with support from Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul, will feature a brief local program and a community viewing of the Minneapolis broadcast of a keynote speech by Valerie Jarrett, the CEO of the Barack Obama Foundation.
The food will be prepared by the African-American Men's Group and a freewill offering will be accepted for the United Negro College Fund, which supports African Heritage college students throughout Minnesota.
Gathering and March - 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
After breakfast, head to the Washing Center Gym, located at 310 N. 1st Ave. W. The Family Freedom Center is coordinating activities for this community gathering, which include sign-making for the march. The march will begin at approximately 11:15 am, going from the Washington Center to the DECC for the rally.
MLK Rally - Noon - 1:30 p.m.
The day's events will culminate at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center when the Twin Ports honors Dr. King's challenge to "Keep Moving Forward" with a rally at the Symphony Hall at the DECC. Rev. Anthony Galloway, the pastor of St. Mark AME Church in Duluth and a principal with the Dendros group, will give the keynote address. The program will include a variety of music and performing arts as well as a message from Classie Dudley, the president of the Duluth Branch of the NAACP.