A note from Executive Director LaDonna Hoy
“I’m going to do what I’ve always done. I’m going to fight it. We still have many bridges to cross.”
That was the brave response of John Lewis, U.S. Congressman representing the 5th District of Georgia, a modern-day civil rights and human rights hero, when faced with a New Year diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. As a grateful nation, let’s pray for him and his fight in the days ahead, and let’s continue with him to cross the bridges that he risked and dedicated his whole life to build.
Bridges to real opportunity and love and justice for all — bridges to the “Beloved Community” envisioned by Martin Luther King, Jr. and by Lewis in his inspiring autobiography, Walking With the Wind.
On Jan. 20, as our community celebrates Martin Luther King Day and we honor these and other American civil rights and human rights heroes, let’s resolve that their work will continue to become our own.
Take time to participate in some of the Minneapolis/St. Paul events and activities happening on MLK day. Here are some recommendations from our team:
- Feed My Starving Children with Messiah Church
- MLK Jr. Fun n’ Serve Day with Messiah Church Children’s Ministry
- MLK Jr. Community Day at the MN History Center
- 30th Annual MLK Jr. Holiday Breakfast (fundraiser hosted by General Mills for UNCF)
- 39th Annual MLK Jr. Tribute (held on Sunday, Jan. 19)
- MLK Day Celebration at Powderhorn Park
- The highly acclaimed movie “Just Mercy” opens in theaters Jan. 10 (view official trailer)