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Honoring a Champion of Racial Justice and Equality

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January 12, 2016

“I have a dream” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The January 18 March and Rally begins with the march from Washington Center in Duluth to the DECC. The Rally begins at 11 am.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

UMD is co-sponsoring the following Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Arts and Culture Festival events. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader of the U.S. civil rights movement in 1960s, where he worked toward a time when people of all races would live together peacefully, with equal rights. He was assassinated in 1968.

Thurs, Jan. 14 - 6:30 pm
Mayor’s MLK Reception - The Underground - 506 W Michigan St - Lower Level

Fri, Jan. 15 - 7 pm 
Friday Night with MLK: Duluth’s Got Talent - Denfeld Auditorium - 401 N. 44th Ave W.

Sat, Jan. 16 - 6 pm Dinner, 7 pm Performance
Jammin’ with MLK - 1111 N 11th Ave E.

Sun, Jan. 17 - 5 pm
Community Ecumenical Worship Service featuring Rev. Marchelle Hallman - St. Mark AME - 530 North 5th Ave. W.

MLK Holiday ~ Mon, Jan. 18 - 7 am breakfast, 8 am program
Free Community Breakfast featuring former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick - Holy Family Catholic Church - 2430 W Third St.

Mon, Jan. 18 - 10:45 am gather for March, 11:45 am Rally
Gather at 10:45 am at Washington Center (corner of 4th St. and Lake Ave.) March starts at 11 am. Route is from Washington Center through downtown to DECC. Rally at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC) begins approximately at 11:45 am. The rally will be recorded for Wisconsin Public Radio - 91.3 FM. A series of local speakers will highlight activities working toward racial justice in the community.  Additionally, the Justice for Peace award will be announced. This award goes to both an individual and an organization whose work contributes to fulfilling the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Among the nominees in the individual category is UMD alumnus Nahom Abegaze. 

Mon, Jan. 18 - 7 pm
Labor Movie Night - Duluth Labor Temple - 2002 London Rd.

Sponsored by: UMD Office of Cultural Diversity | Northland Foundation | Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage | Twin Ports African-American Men’s Group | ISD #709 ~ Office of Educational Equity | St. Mark AME | City of Duluth | The Underground | Christ Temple | First United Methodist Church | NAACP | Peace UCC | Wisconsin Public Radio | Duluth Central Labor Body | College of St. Scholastica
For complete list of sponsors and more info, visit

About UMD: Multicultural Center | Office of Cultural Diversity