We are all MLK
Join Us in Celebrating and Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Minneapolis College is highlighting our MLK theme “Safeguarding Beloved Community” at events on three different dates. These events are open to students, employees and the community.
Racial Justice Oratorical Contest Winners
This event showcases scholarship winners of the racial justice oratorical contest.
Service Event: Following the awards, students are invited to participate in a service project that will result in donations to nearby organizations supporting people in need.
- Thursday, January 18, 2024, 11 a.m. – noon in T Plaza
About the Contest:
Minneapolis College students and high school seniors from Metro Area High Schools were invited to submit a 500 to 1000-word speech or performance piece in response to the following questions and prompt -
- What is “the drum major instinct,” and how does it distort personality?
- Where do you see contemporary examples of its negative influence? Why should these examples be the source of alarm?
- How does Dr. King’s “new definition of greatness” relate to our theme of Safeguarding Beloved Community?
MLK President's Breakfast
Join us for breakfast, live music by the College's Jazz Ensemble, a welcome from Minneapolis College President Sharon Pierce, and Keynote Speaker James White, Executive Vice President of the Center for Social Impact at YMCA of the North.
White has served as a consultant for several nonprofit and for-profit companies using a narrative approach to understand culture and race. For over 20 years he has provided sessions and lectures for numerous organizations concerned with diversity and community in the marketplace.
White's address will focus on Dr. King's legacy and the movement for civil rights as exemplified through the DEI work of the YMCA of the North and on our MLK theme "Safeguarding Beloved Community."
- Thursday, January 25, 2024, 7 – 9 a.m. in T.1400
Black History Month Celebration
It's a festive start to Black History Month with Minneapolis College. Join us for food, a keynote address, and live music. Don't miss the celebration! This event is free.
Thursday, February 1, 2024, 6 – 8 p.m. in T.Plaza
- 5:30–6:30 p.m. | Music by the International Reggae All Stars
- 6–6:30 p.m. | Community Soul Food Dinner
6:30–7:30 p.m. | Keynote Speaker Tish Jones
- 7:30– 8 p.m. | Music by International Reggae All Stars and dessert service
Tish Jones will share a Keynote Address on "50 Years of Hip Hop: A History of Music and Culture."
ASL interpreting will be available for this event. If you need other disability related accommodations to make this event accessible, please contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 612-659-6730 or firstname.lastname@example.org.