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General Information
Date: January 16, 2017
Time: 7:00 a.m. CST
Location: Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
Keynote: Myrlie Evers-Williams

Broadcast Schedule:
Watch the MLK Breakfast LIVE on Twin Cities PBS (tpt2) at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017, rebroadcast statewide at 8 PM that night on TPT's Minnesota Channel (tptMN), or stream it online at TPT.org

Nine neighborhoods.
Nine ways to celebrate.

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  • Past Breakfasts

    Since 1991, the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been celebrated through the MLK Holiday Breakfast.

    * All articles posted with permission from The Star Tribune and The Pioneer Press

    2016

    Theme: Civil & Right
    Keynote Speaker: Deval Patrick, governer, harvard graduate, and Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights
    Special Guest: Michael L. Lomax Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of UNCF
    MC: Donzel Leggett
    Welcome/UNCF: Sharon Smith-Akinsanya
    Welcome/General Mills: Kim Nelson, General Mills Foundation
    Chair: Donzel Leggett
    Ministers: Imam Makram El-Amin, Masjid An-Nur; Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman, Temple Israel; Rev. Laurel Bunker, Bethel University
    Special Guest Performer: Steven Daniels
    Location: Minneapolis Convention Center
    Attendance: 1950

    2015

    Theme: Infinite Hope, Meaningful Action
    Keynote Speaker: Vernon Jordan, civil rights leader, presidential adviser, attorney and senior managing director of Lazard, Frères & Co. LLC
    Special Guest: Michael L. Lomax Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of UNCF
    MC: Donzel Leggett
    Welcome/UNCF: Sharon Smith-Akinsanya
    Welcome/General Mills: Kim Nelson, General Mills Foundation
    Chair: Donzel Leggett
    Ministers: Imam Makram El-Amin, Masjid An-Nur; Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman, Temple Israel; Rev. Laurel Bunker, Bethel University
    Special Guest Performer: Yolanda Adams
    Location: Minneapolis Convention Center
    Attendance: 1950

    2014

    Theme: Reimagine the Future
    Keynote Speaker: Speaker: Donna Brazile, Veteran Democratic political strategist and commentator, author and adjunct professor
    Special Guest: Michael L. Lomax Ph.D, president and chief executive officer of UNCF
    MC: Tiffanie Boyd
    Welcome/UNCF: Sharon Smith-Akinsanya
    Welcome/General Mills: Ellen Goldberg Luger, General Mills Foundation
    Chair: Tiffanie Boyd
    Minister: Rev. Steve Daniels, Jr. , Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church
    Special Guest Performer: Darnell Davis and the Remnant
    Performance: Warren C. Bowles, actor, director and writer; the MacPhail Community Youth Choir
    Location: Minneapolis Convention Center
    Attendance: 1950

    2013

    Theme: Education: The Fierce Urgency of Now
    Keynote Speaker: Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund
    Special Guest: Michael L. Lomax Ph.D, president and chief executive officer of UNCF
    MC: Martin Abrams
    Welcome/UNCF: Sharon Smith-Akinsanya
    Welcome/General Mills: Ellen Goldberg Luger, General Mills Foundation
    Chair: Martin Abrams
    Minister: Rev. James C. Thomas, Mount Olivet Baptist Church
    Special Guest Performer: Ann Nesby
    Music: Greater Praise, Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
    Location: Minneapolis Convention Center
    Attendance: 1902

    2012

    Theme: Building Peace and Unity within the Global Community
    Keynote Speaker: Naomi TuTu, Global human rights activist
    MC: Kofi Bruce
    Welcome/UNCF: Sharon Smith-Akinsanya
    Welcome/General Mills: Ellen Goldberg Luger, General Mills Foundation
    Chair: Kofi Bruce
    Minister: Rev. Gloria Roach Thomas, Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church
    Music: The Steeles
    Performance: Walker West Music Academy
    Location: Minneapolis Convention Center
    Attendance: 1902

    2011

    Theme: The Dream: Rejoice, Reclaim, Renew Community
    Keynote Speaker: Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
    Special Guest: Dr. Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO, UNCF
    MC: Cheryl Bethune
    Welcome/UNCF: Sharon Smith-Akinsanya
    Welcome/General Mills: Ellen Goldberg Luger, General Mills Foundation
    Chair: Cheryl Bethune
    Minister: Rev. Dwight Seawood, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
    Music: Paris Bennett
    Performance: Steppingstone Theatre
    Location: Minneapolis Convention Center
    Attendance: 1911

    2010

    Theme: Dream from the Mountaintop: Share the Legacy, Shape the Future
    Keynote Speaker: Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery
    Special Guest: Dr. Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO, UNCF
    MC: Humphrey Otita
    Welcome/UNCF: Sharon Smith-Akinsanya
    Welcome/General Mills: Ellen Goldberg Luger, General Mills Foundation
    Chair: Humphrey Otita
    Minister: Pastor Dennis M. Oglesby, Jr., The Park Avenue United Methodist Church
    Music: The Ladies of Jazz Project, High School for the Recording Arts
    Location: Minneapolis Convention Center
    Attendance: 1950