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Governor Dayton to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy

January 17, 2014

At event, Governor Dayton providing opening remarks on Dr. King’s lasting impact
SAINT PAUL, MN – Though his life was tragically cut short, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy as an advocate for civil rights lives on in Minnesota and around the world. On Monday, January 20, Governor Mark Dayton will be joined by keynote speaker Representative Keith Ellison, elected officials, and Governor Dayton’s Council on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, for a statewide celebration of Dr. King’s life and legacy.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
Every year since 1986, the Governor’s Council on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday has hosted a statewide event. The theme of this year’s celebration, “Lifting Every Voice, Dreaming as We Strive,” recognizes that in order to advance toward, and finally achieve Dr. King’s dream of equality for all Americans, we must engage every voice throughout Minnesota in our continuing campaign for justice. Governor Dayton will provide opening remarks about Dr. King’s life and legacy. Other event highlights include performances by diverse groups from around the state, and the presentation of colors by the Minnesota National Guard. The celebration can be viewed via webcast at There will be live American Sign Language Interpretation at the event, and on the webcast.
Governor Mark Dayton
Council on Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday
“Lifting Every Voice, Dreaming as We Strive” – a celebration of Dr. King’s life and vision
Monday, January 20, 2014
8:30 am – The Council on Black Minnesotans’ discussion on the 88th legislative session
10:15 am – March Reenactment*
11:00 am – Celebration Program
12:30 pm – Community Meal
Minnesota History Center
345 Kellogg Blvd West
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
*Please note: the march reenactment will begin at the Cathedral of Saint Paul and end at the Minnesota History Center.
More on Governor Dayton’s Council on Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Through Governor Dayton’s Executive Order, the council is charged with commemorating and celebrating Dr. King’s legacy of equal rights and opportunity. As part of this mission, the council plans an annual event in honor of Dr. King.