Minnesotans paid tribute to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday – in some cases by celebrating his legacy, in others by rallying against racial injustices activists say still permeate Minnesota.
It was 30 years ago that a holiday honoring King was first observed in the United States. On Monday the official state celebration was held at the Ordway Center in St. Paul with the theme: "The Power of Telling Your Story: 30 Years of Us."
In addition to remarks from dignitaries, WCCO says there was a youth rally that featured spoken word, song, and dance performances before a march down 4th Street.
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Activist marches meet on bridge
Later in the day, marchers rallied in memory of Jamar Clark and Marcus Golden, two young African-American men who were fatally shot by police in Minneapolis and St. Paul, respectively.
Marches started in each city and converged on the Lake Street bridge over the Mississippi River.
Organizers called it the Tale of Two Cities/MLK Justice Rally.
They want the Hennepin County Attorney to prosecute the officers who shot Clark. The 24-year-old was killed in a November confrontation after police say he interfered with an ambulance crew treating a domestic assault victim.
The activists also called for authorities to reopen the case of Golden. A grand jury found last spring that two officers were justified in firing at Golden as he drove his SUV at one of the officers.