• Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

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    Name: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
    Date: January 16, 2017
    Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM CST
    Event Description:


    **Registration is now closed. Thank you for your support in making this event a success!

    Join us for the 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We Have a Dream Breakfast hosted in partnership with the Diversity Council and the NAACP. This family-friendly event will feature a keynote presentation by Louis Alemayehu and entertainment by The Donohue Jazz Quartet featuring Dianna Parks.

    About Louis Alemayehu 

    Born in Chicago of African and Native heritage, Louis Alemayehu developed his poetic skills and musical sensibilities as a part of the Black Arts Movement in the 1970s. As an award-winning poet, musician, educator and community elder, Louis crosses and challenges the boundaries between generations, cultures, disciplines, and art forms.

    Through his ability to mentor, and connect with young people, Louis is a leader in cultivating the next generation of community-engaged artists in the Twin Cities. He teaches classes in poetry and language arts at the Multicultural Indigenous Academy in St. Paul, and facilitates community workshops on racism, culture and community-building.

    Following the Breakfast, please plan to participate in the rest of the day’s activities:
    10:00     Gather for Music – North Lobby
    10:30     Rally and March through Downtown
    11:15     March ends back at Mayo Civic Center
    11:30     Commemorative Program – Civic Theatre Lobby
    1:00       MLK Birthday Party – Civic Theatre Lobby

    Rochester City Lines will provide FREE transportation to and from this event from two pick-up locations:  NW from the Best Buy/Hobby Lobby parking lot; and SW from the Mayo High School parking lot. Buses will depart at 7:30 am.  Please indicate your pick-up location upon registration if desired.
    A limited number of FREE tickets to this event are available for individuals and organizations.  Please contact the Rochester Chamber of Commerce Foundation at (507)288-1122 for more information.

    If you are interested in sponsoring seats for Community Members or other sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact Vice President, Development & Operations, Paul Richardson, or call (507) 424-5663.

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    Mayo Civic Center
    Exhibit Hall
    30 Civic Center Drive SE
    Rochester, MN 55904
    Date/Time Information:
    Monday, January 16th
    7:45 am – Doors open, breakfast is served
    8:30 am – Program begins
    10:00 am – Dismissal
    Contact Information:
    Individual Seat - $10 per person
    (Includes General Admission Seating, Breakfast & Program)

    Table of 8 - $175
    (Includes Reserved Seating, Breakfast & Program)
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