Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Events in Minneapolis honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

All throughout Minneapolis special events are being held to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr. Check out these activities happening across the city to honor the famous civil rights leader.

Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery

Visit the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery which just opened in 2018. Currently on exhibit is the popular "Unbreakable: Celebrating the Resilience of African Americans in Minnesota." Admission is free and the museum is open from Tuesday through Saturday.

MLK Event: When Justice Ain't Just! The Trauma of Injustice.

January 18th, 2020
9:30am - 1:00pm
Calvary Baptist Church

Celebrate and pay tribute to the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. through new conversation around an old story.

Meet in Glanton Hall for “Broken or By Design: The Traumatic Impact of Incarceration on Black Families” by Adrian & Ayolanda Mack of Black Family Blueprint.

Please Register 9pm on Thursday, January 16.

The 39th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert

January 19th, 2020
Ted Mann Concert Hall

A not to be missed multi-disciplinary celebration intermixing the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with musical performances. Featuring local artists and curated by U of M alumnus G. Phillip Shoultz, III of VocalEssence.

39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast.

January 20th, 2020
The Armory

This breakfast is an opportunity to celebrate Dr. King’s journey while exploring how the causes he fought for in the 1950s and 60s parallel the issues we face as a society today. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the UNCF MLK Legacy Scholarship. This year's keynote speaker is the former Attorney General of the United States, The Honorable Eric H. Holder Jr..

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Service Event

January 20th, 2020
US Bank Stadium

MLK Day of Service is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community." Make a difference on this powerful day by joining hundreds of other community members in volunteerism. This event will immediately follow the 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast. Register today!

Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

January 20th, 2020
Powderhorn Recreation Center

Each year hundreds of Twin Cities community members come together to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr at Powderhorn Park. The event features local performers, artists, free books for the first 150 kids and a community meal. Register today!

State of Education | MLK Day Special Gathering

January 20th, 2020
Fielding Nair International Minneapolis Studio

State of Education is holding a special gathering on MLK Day 2020 to imagine what school could be to contribute to a more just, equitable, and loving society. By looking at ways to design for individual empowerment and community well-being, we can help shape the future of education as one that contributes to a better world. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome and celebrated. Snacks and beverages will be served.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

January 20th, 2020
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Recreation Center

Join the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board for our annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations, a tribute to Dr. King’s life and legacy featuring keynote speakers, live entertainment, and the presentation of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Living the Dream award at MLK Recreation Center.

Ginger Commodore - A Celebration for Martin Luther King , Jr.

January 20th, 2020
Dakota Jazz Club

A member of the Midwest music scene for many years, Ginger Commodore is a regular visitor to the Dakota stage. Classically trained, gospel-influenced, and jazz-inspired, Ginger’s musical foundation is a true amalgam of musical styles presented with her own unique delivery. Get your tickets today!

MLK Day Humanize My Hoodie Movie Screening

January 20th, 2020
1:00pm or 4:00pm
Phoenix Theater

The Humanize My Hoodie Family will be showcasing its documentary at Phoenix Theaters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This 30 minute documentary captures the journey of two black men trying to survive in a world that doesn’t appreciate their Black skin. This biopic highlights the Jason’s and Andre childhoods, adulthoods, and their Road to New York Fashion Week. The film is inspirational but also educational. Audiences will leave with a better understanding of how racism worked against these two but also highlight how extreme resilience helped them defy the immeasurable odds.

Each VIP participant will leave this event with an autographed copy of the Humanize My Hoodie Movement book and documentary. In addition, there will be a Q & A following the screening with Andre' Wright and Jason Sole.

Robert Robinson Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 20th, 2020
The Dunsmore Room Jazz Room

Spend the evening listening to local musician Robert Robinson. Who will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with his gospel and contemporary music.

2020 MLK Day Celebration

January 20th, 2020

Ordway Concert Hall

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan will host the 34th Annual State of Minnesota Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. This event is an opportunity for community to come together, reflect and build on the legacy of Dr. King, strengthen connections, and celebrate the Black experience.

Doors open at 9:15am with fun activities in the foyer. The program begins at 10am. This celebration is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and will fill up fast. There will be overflow areas available for viewing and live streaming on

The theme for this year’s celebration is For Our Children. Young people throughout Minnesota are building and pushing towards Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community where our children live with dignity and joy, people’s identities are seen and valued, and each of us are interconnected and interdependent.

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements of an incredible keynote and powerful performers!

Celebration and Engagement

January 23rd, 2019
Minneapolis Community & Technical College

“Truth and Transformation - Healing a Beloved Community.“: This training will provide a basic overview of the historical and/or intergenerational trauma and the impact on the African American community. The training workshop will go from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Dr. Bravada Garrett-Akinsanya, Psychologist, PhD, LP, LICSW will give the keynote address: "Healing Beloved Community"