Minnesotans honor Rev. Martin Luther King's dream 50 years later

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Fifty years after Rev. Martin Luther King delivered his "I have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington, Minnesotans will gather here at home and in Washington, D.C. to celebrate one of the nation's most important moments in the history of the civil rights movement.

KARE 11 reports that community leaders will hold a rally at the Minneapolis Urban League today. The rally, which begins at approximately 12:45 p.m., will include speeches, food, music and children's book giveaways, the station reports.

In the spirit of the original march five decades ago, two groups will march from two different locations and converge at the Urban League headquarters located at the corner of Plymouth and Penn. One group will march from the Cub Foods parking lot at 701 Broadway and another from the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers at 67 8th Avenue Northeast.

Meanwhile, the Star Tribune reports that several dozen Minnesotans will be at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. today to take part in the celebrations there. The group boarded a bus Friday morning at Sabathani Community Center in south Minneapolis.

The Strib reports Hattie Bonds, a retired Minneapolis school principal who organized the bus ride as part of the National Action Network, says the march is more than a commemoration of history.

“We’re still struggling with jobs, justice, Dr. King’s dream,” Bonds tells the paper. “It’s important for us to say, ‘Look, we have not arrived just because we have an African-American president.’ Let’s stay focused and help our country to grow and get better.”

The Strib also reports that a large contingent of the Minneapolis bus riders are postal union workers. The paper says that their presence suggests that many supporters see the march as part of a broader labor struggle that includes blacks and whites.

Next Up

protest, chauvin, george floyd

Walz: Demobilization of troops, police to happen 'as quickly as possible'

It's unclear just when troops and police will pull out of the Twin Cities.

Screen Shot 2021-04-20 at 5.33.13 PM

'The first step towards justice': AG Ellison calls for change after Chauvin conviction

Ellison's office led the prosecution of the former Minneapolis police officer.

chauvin

Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in George Floyd's death

Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Screen Shot 2021-04-20 at 4.13.07 PM

LIVE UPDATES: Reaction as Derek Chauvin is found guilty on all counts

We bring you the latest reaction after the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.

Derek Chauvin

Watch live: Verdict in Derek Chauvin murder trial

The verdict will be announced between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 20.

derek chauvin court - closing arguments

Verdict reached in Derek Chauvin murder trial

A verdict will be read Tuesday afternoon.

logan olson gofundme

18-month-old boy who nearly drowned welcomed home with police escort

Logan Olson was found in a retention pond in Stewartville on April 7.

covid, vaccine

Is Minnesota's latest surge plateauing? Expert says 'no idea'

Hospital admissions have leveled off in the past week, though ICU cases have risen.

Related

10 years later: Minnesota honors Paul Wellstone

Many Minnesotans recall where they were on Oct. 25, 2002, when they heard the news that Sen. Paul Wellstone's plane had gone down near Eveleth. He, along with his wife, daughter and five others, died in the crash. Across the state, Minnesotans are honoring the 58-year-old advocate for the poor who widely respected for the passion he brought to government.