Dec 19, 2012 • By

Marian Wright Edelman to headline 2013 MLK Breakfast

If you’ll be in Minneapolis on Jan. 21, please consider joining us for the 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast.

The breakfast will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center and will be broadcast live on Twin Cities Public Television. Tickets are available, but will likely sell out within a few weeks, so act fast by visiting

The annual breakfast is a partnership between the General Mills Foundation and UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and is an opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year, we will welcome Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, to deliver the keynote speech on the theme of “Education – The Fierce Urgency of Now.”

I believe she has the power to move and inspire the audience on the critical challenges and opportunities facing education in our communities, drawing from her experience as an active member of the Civil Rights Movement and national champion of childhood education.

What started with 800 guests in 1991 now has grown so large that it reaches capacity seating at the Minneapolis Convention Center as one of the largest Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday breakfasts in the U.S.

Past speakers have included Gen. Colin Powell, USA (Ret); Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker; Rev. Joseph Lowery; and U.S. Rep. John Lewis.

Learn more about this year’s program, including our outstanding musical guests, at

Editor’s note: We will provide highlights of the breakfast through our @GeneralMills Twitter account.