Jan 14, 2014 • By

Donna Brazile previews her MLK Breakfast message

As we look forward to the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast in Minneapolis, we asked this year’s keynote speaker, Donna Brazile, about Dr. King’s legacy and the inspiration she plans to share.


What does Dr. King’s legacy mean to you?

Brazile: To me, Dr. King’s legacy means service. It means serving your neighbors, your community, and your nation. As Dr. King stated, “Everyone has the power for greatness—not for fame, but greatness, because greatness is determined by service.”

What can people do in their day-to-day lives to honor that legacy?

Brazile: Every day is a chance to rededicate ourselves to Dr. King’s dreams, ideals, and vision of a beloved community. On this holiday, take the time to write down and act on different ways to give back: mentor a young person, help someone with their resume, volunteer at a local food bank or homeless shelter, or clean up a local playground so that children will have a safe place to play.

Can you give us a preview of the themes you plan on cover in your keynote?

Brazile: The topic of my speech will be ‘Reimagine the Future.’ Fifty years after the “I Have a Dream” speech, civil rights activists have had huge successes, but our work is not done. There are a series of pressing issues facing people of color, including access to a good school, health care insurance and a job with a living wage.

To the best of my ability, I will put myself in Dr. King’s shoes, discuss a way forward on these issues, and reimagine the future. Just as there are collective solutions to address these problems, I will challenge the audience to take individual responsibility to address them as well.

As Dr. King eloquently put it, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Even a superficial look at history reveals that no social advance rolls in on the wheels inevitability. Every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

The 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast

We are looking forward to hearing from Brazile on Monday, Jan. 20. The breakfast is sure to be a wonderful community celebration that will help inspire people to live out Dr. King’s legacy in our homes, communities and world.

Look for highlights from the morning on our social media accounts and here on “A Taste of General Mills.”

If you’re in Minneapolis, and are able to join us at the breakfast, it will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Tickets are available at As in the past, the breakfast also will also be broadcast live on Twin Cities Public Television at 8 a.m.

The St. Paul Area Council of Churches also 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