Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrated Across the State

January 30, 2019

Minnesota Campus Compact member campuses organized a variety of thoughtful programming during the week of January 20, 2019, celebrating the legacy of Dr. King. Here is a sample of activities:

Augsburg University

Augsburg University held it’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation with keynote speaker Terrance Kwame-Ross discussing “Our Conversation with Dr. King: Class in Session”. This “day of action” also had breakout sessions for students, faculty, and staff to have dialogue around inclusive environments at Augsburg.

Bemidji State University

Bemidji State University held a series of events throughout the week, including a movie screening, a day of service, and a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 

Bethel University

Bethel University participated in a local event through the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board that featured keynote speakers, live entertainment, and the presentation of the Living the Dream award.

Carleton College

Carleton College held candlelight service in celebration and remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Reverend Oliver White gave a sermon with “hopes to enlighten the community about the importance of social activism, by shedding light on past and current issues related to poverty and civil rights in the U.S.” 

College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University 

A week of events were held including a day of service, a Convocation held by Rev. Dr. Traci West, and a Reflection Action Dialogue on “Drowning Voices: Can You Hear Me?”, along with many other events.

Concordia University – St. Paul

Concordia University and the Community, Action, Leadership, and Learning (C.A.L.L) Center held a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Concordia College, Moorhead

Concordia College held a a day of events including a keynote event by Tara Setmayer and Frank Leon Roberts, various breakout sessions, and a panel of the previously mentioned and Dr. Edward Valandra and Dr. Faith Ngunjiri.

Gustavus Adolphus College

Gustavus held a lecture by Rev. Dr. Luke Powery to ” explore Dr. King’s idea of the ‘World House,’ the notion of building community and peace across all divides, and its relevance for living in today’s diverse world.” They also held a critical dialogue on how to build “authentic community” and had a community celebration at the end of the day.

Hamline University 

Hamline held a day of service and a Commemoration program titled, “Revisiting and Reigniting the Poor Peoples’ Campaign, 1968-2018 and Beyond!” “The program featured speakers Associate Dean of Students Carlos D. Sneed; Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence Dr. David L. Everett; Molly Doran from the School of Education and College of Liberal Arts; Gaith Hijazin from residential life; and, Emily Lincoln, a Hamline student.” 

Macalester College

Macalester held a breakfast honoring Martin Luther King Jr., a day of service, and held a panel discussion titled, “Beyond “I have a Dream:” Exploring the Depth of Dr. King’s Work for Justice.” The panel featured “William Hart, Margaret W. Harmon Professor of Religious Studies, and Crystal Moten, assistant professor of African American History. “

Minneapolis College

Minneapolis College held a variety of events including a panel discussion with Beloved Communities, Leslie Redmond, President of NAACP, Minneapolis Chapter & Dr. Josie Johnson, Human Rights & Social Justice Activist. Minneapolis College also held service projects, a dinner, and a keynote address from Dr. Duchess Harris. 

Minnesota State University, Mankato

MSU Mankato’s Office of Community Engagement held a variety of service projects for the day and there was also a community celebration with keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Luke Powery. 

Minnesota State University, Moorhead

MSU Moorhead held a celebration that included Haitian music, NDSU students sharing readings, and St. John the Divine Choir performing at the celebration.

South Central College

South Central College’s Faribault campus held a breakfast to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. sponsored by the Faribault Diversity Coalition.

Southwest Minnesota State University

SMSU held a breakfast with keynote speaker Dr. Gwendolyn Middlebrooks and also had a week of service opportunities in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. They also held a viewing of The Great Debaters and had a discussion afterwards.

St. Cloud State University

St. Cloud State University held a breakfast with remarks by author and journalist Wil Haygood. They also had a service project on-site.

University of Minnesota, Crookston

UMN Crookston held the 7th Annual Red River Valley Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They had a variety of activities throughout the day including a keynote address from Shirley Nordrum, University of Minnesota Extension Educator in water resources management for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. 

University of Minnesota, Morris

UMN Morris participated in Martin Luther King Jr. Day by holding their 10th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. They also held a community meal following the event. 

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

UMN Twin Cities held their 38th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute which was a “multi-disciplinary celebration intermixing the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with musical performances”. 

Winona State University 

The Office of Equity and Inclusion at Winona State University held a workshop on “College is More than an Education, It’s a Way of Life” and had Dr. Ralph Murphy II give a keynote talk.