Dec 18, 2013 • By

Donna Brazile will keynote MLK Holiday Breakfast

Donna Brazile will deliver the keynote speech at the 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast in Minneapolis.

The event, on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, will bring together an estimated 2,000 people. It’s an opportunity to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of service and create an imperative to live out his legacy in our homes, communities and world.

It is organized by the General Mills Foundation and UNCF (the United Negro College Fund).


Brazile, a political commentator, strategist, author and adjunct professor, is well-positioned to address this year’s “Reimagine the Future” theme at the breakfast. She has a passion for encouraging young people to vote, work within the system to strengthen it and run for public office to impact change.


She worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she was the first African-American to manage a presidential campaign (Al Gore).

An adjunct professor at Georgetown University, Brazile has lectured at over 125 colleges and universities around the country on such topics as “Inspiring Civility in American Politics” and “Race Relations in the Age of Obama.” She appears regularly on CNN and ABC News and is a columnist for Universal Uclick, Ms. Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine. She is also the author of the best-selling memoir, Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics.

Brazile is the founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy and training firm in Washington, D.C. She is also working for the full recovery of her beloved city of New Orleans.

During the breakfast, the audience will be encouraged to sign up to volunteer and help those in their local community.

Also speaking at the breakfast will be Dr. Michael Lomax, president and CEO, UNCF. The organization’s new “Better Futures” public service awareness campaign calls for a new philanthropy of investment in young people to ensure they have the education they need to get through college and become the country’s next generation of leaders.

The 2014 breakfast also will include musical performances from Darnell Davis & The Remnant as well as the MacPhail Community Youth Choir, and the presentation of the Local Legend community service awards.

Tickets for the breakfast, which will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center, are now available at As in the past, the breakfast will also be broadcast live on Twin Cities Public Television at 8 a.m. CST.

The St. Paul Area Council of Churches will host several simultaneous, free community breakfasts that allow guests to watch the event live together on television. More information on the participating sites is available at