Igniting hope and action
In 1991, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast in Minneapolis got its start as a simple idea to honor and celebrate King’s legacy and ignite unity, hope and action in the Twin Cities community.
25 years later, the event is now among the largest MLK breakfast events in the nation.
This year’s breakfast will be held January 19, 2015, from 7 to 9 a.m. CST, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Kicking it off, renowned civil rights leader Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. will deliver the keynote address on the theme of “Infinite Hope, Meaningful Action.”
Jordan has made significant contributions to the business community, the political arena and civil rights movement across the nation and is a true inspiration of hope and action.
The theme of the 25th annual breakfast was inspired by Dr. King himself, according to Donzel Leggett, chair of the 2015 MLK breakfast committee and vice president of manufacturing, International, at General Mills.
You can attend the event in person by purchasing a ticket at MLKbreakfast.com. In Minnesota, you also can watch it live on Twin Cities Public Television (tpt2) at 7:45 a.m. CST on MLK Day (or online at TPT.org).
A very special musical guest will also perform during this year’s breakfast – Yolanda Adams, multi-platinum selling and Grammy Award winning Gospel artist.
And, in celebration of the 25th anniversary, local civil rights legend, Dr. Josie Johnson, will be presented with the first-ever Lifetime Local Legend award.
Dr. Johnson was selected for this distinct honor for her life-long commitment to education, civil rights, social justice and ensuring that our children have an opportunity to achieve.
This year’s program is sure to inspire infinite hope.
But, what is hope without action?
In an effort to drive positive change across the Twin Cities community, General Mills has partnered with 11 local Fortune 500 companies with a new initiative – the Corporate Community Service Coalition.
We asked Donzel to share more on the mission and vision of the Coalition, in this video clip.
Participating companies include: 3M, Ameriprise, Aveda, Best Buy, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cargill, Carlson, Ecolab, General Mills, Land O’Lakes, Medtronic, Target and UnitedHealth Group.
Again, for more information about the 25th anniversary MLK holiday breakfast in Minneapolis, visit MLKbreakfast.com.
Editor’s note: The Twin Cities MLK Holiday Breakfast was established in partnership between the General Mills Foundation and United Negro College Fund (UNCF). The annual breakfast is an opportunity to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of service and inspire us to live out his dream of freedom and equality at home, at work and in our communities.
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