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January 12, 2004 // UPDATED 2:31 pm - April 24, 2007
By: Hayley Tsukayama
Hayley Tsukayama

MCTC celebrates MLK Day with week-long program

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), will present its 14th annual "Celebrate The Dream" tribute program to the late Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) leader Kweisi Mfume Monday-Thursday, Jan. 12-15.

The main event, Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Basilica of Saint Mary, located on the corner of Hennepin Ave and 17th St., features keynote speaker Mfume, a former Maryland Congressman and current president of the NAACP. The Twin Cities Gospel Choir and the MCTC Chamber Vocal Ensemble and Friends will also perform. The event is free, and doors open at 7 p.m.

Leading up to the annual presentation at the Basilica, MCTC, 1501 Hennepin Ave. S., will host a series of additional free events.

Moderator Don Shelby of WCCO-TV and community leaders will discuss how society has changed since the "March on Washington" 40 years ago. The discussion will be held in the MCTC Fine Arts Theatre Tuesday, Jan. 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14, there will be plenty of "edutainment" opportunities in the MCTC gymnasium. The EduPoetic spoken poetry group and the Half Pintz Drum and Drill Team will perform, and the winners of the annual "Celebrate the Dream" essay contest for youth will be announced.

Thursday, MCTC will also throw a birthday party in the student center for Dr. King -- complete with cake, refreshments and a speech by Minneapolis North High School's Natalie Rasmussen, recent winner of the National Milken Education Award.

The event also features movies about race relations, Monday-Friday, Jan. 12-15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., on the 2nd Floor of the Helland Center on campus.

For more information, check out or call 659-6000.