Minnesotans Mark MLK Day with March, Breakfast & Service

Updated: 01/21/2013 4:47 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

Our country is honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

On Jan. 15 he would have turned 84-years-old.

But now, 45 years after his assassination, he's inspiring a new generation to march on the streets on St. Paul.

The marches nearly 50 years ago looked and felt much different than Monday's march. Martin Luther King Jr.'s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in March of 1965 was so violent it was nicknamed 'Bloody Sunday.'

Monday's march in St. Paul was peaceful, but it still called for change including bridging the achievement gap.

Meanwhile good food, artwork and music helped bring Doctor King's message to life in the Twin Cities.

The focus was on education and bridging the achievement gap at the 23rd Annual MLK breakfast in Minneapolis.

Monday's keynote speaker was the founder of the Children's Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman.

She stressed the importance of investing in the education of our youth, for the betterment of the United States.

Monday is also the National Day of Service.

President Obama called on Americans to volunteer in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Click here to find a volunteer project near you.