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2023 MLK Events

Keep Moving Forward banner with image of Martin Luther King and chevrons of blue and grey pointing right

In-person events return for 2023 MLK Holiday Tribute in the Twin Ports.  The Duluth NAACP is leading the organizing of a series of events on January 16, 2023.

Community Breakfast

Monday, January 16, 2023

  • Time: 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM (CST)A black woman with light brown skin and short brown hair wearing blackrimmed glasses and a black turtleneck

  • Location: First United Methodist Church - 230 E Skyline Parkway

  • Description:   The breakfast will feature a brief local program and a community viewing of the broadcast of the program in Minneapolis featuring a keynote by Valerie Jarrett, the CEO of the Barack Obama Foundation.  The food is coordinated by the African-American Men’s Group and will be served starting at 7:00 am. The broadcast runs from 8:00-9:30 am. A freewill offering will support the United Negro College Fund which supports students of African Heritage throughout Minnesota to attend college. People interested in viewing the Minneapolis program online can visit:  mlkbreakfast.com.

  • Sponsored by: General Mills Foundation, Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul, Duluth NAACP, and UMD Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Food coordinated by the African-American Men's Group.

Gathering and March

Monday, January 16, 2023

  • Time: 10:00 - 11:45 AM (CST)

  • Location: Washington Center Gym

  • Description: Gathering in the Washington Center gym, the Family Freedom Center will have activities for marchers who will leave for the DECC at about 11:00 AM.  Claudie Washington, a past president of the NAACP, will serve as march leader. 

  • Sponsored by: Family Freedom Center and Neighborhood Youth Services & Duluth NAACP

  • Special thanks to Mike and Jen's Cocoa and the Duluth Coffee Company for providing warm beverages for marchers.

MLK Rally

Monday, January 16, 2023

  • Headshot of an African American man with a beard and long locs. He is wearing a white shirt and stands against green ferns in the background.

    Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM (CST)

  • Location: DECC-Symphony Hall; 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth

  • Description: The Twin Ports will celebrate Dr. King’s challenge to us to “Keep Moving Forward” with a rally featuring a keynote presentation by Anthony Galloway, the pastor of St. Mark AME Church in Duluth and a principal with the Dendros group.

    The program will also include:

    • Miziiwekaamikiinang Drum Group

    • Central Hillside Community Gospel Choir under the direction of Alanna Galloway

    • Moira Villiiard, a multidisciplinary artist with a mixed Indigenous and settler heritage who uses art to uplift underrepresented narratives, explore the nuance of society’s historical community intersections, and promote community healing spaces.
    • Classie Dudley, the president of the Duluth Branch of the NAACP.

    • More coming as contributors are confirmed.