Posted at: 01/19/2014 2:31 PM
Celebrations for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day starts today.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Most of Minnesota's most prominent politicians are participating in a St. Paul celebration in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
Events start Monday morning at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul with a discussion of the upcoming legislative session sponsored by the Council on Black Minnesotans. That's followed by the traditional march from the History Center to the Capitol, where there will be a program of speeches and performances.
Gov. Mark Dayton will deliver opening remarks at the program, and the keynote speaker is Congressman Keith Ellison. Other political leaders scheduled to participate include Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, Congresswoman Betty McCollum, and the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Betsy Hodges and Chris Coleman.
Government offices around the state are closed for the King holiday.
And here in Southeast Minnesota, a number of churches in the area are dedicating their worship services in remembering the life of Martin Luther King Jr. today, January 19 (Sunday).
The Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rochester NAACP will host the "We Have a Dream Breakfast" on January 20, Monday.
A Poster Making Activity will be held in preparation for the Annual Freedom March and Rally at the Government Center in Rochester. Also, a commemorative birthday party is being organized at the Elizabethan Room of the Kahler Grand Hotel in Rochester, on January 20, at 1:00pm. Justice Wilhelmina Wright of the MN Supreme Court will be the guest of honor.
The Diversity Council will have Stories and Voices at the Rochester Art Center on January 23, (Thursday).
The Rochester Civic Theater will have different activities starting January that will also celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.
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