Dr. King is remembered for his key role in the United States civil rights movement.
Monday’s holiday also serves as a reminder that the equality enjoyed by so many today is due to the sacrifices made in the past.
Dr. King’s legacy was honored at the breakfast with speeches from the Diversity Council as well as spoken word poets conveying why this day holds such importance in their lives.
“Black lives have been experiencing oppression since the beginning. From colonization, slavery, exploitation: I have never had a break,” said spoken word poets Ekhlas Abdullahi and Nasro Araye. “You have consistently taken everything from me so that when I scream black lives matter, you shut me down with efficiency. It is no surprise how easily you killed Malcolm X and MLK.”
The youth was also able to make signs for the march inside the civic center.
“Here in Southern Minnesota, doing anti-bias training, and kids in the audience were yelling out African-American trainers… ‘Go back to where you came from,'” said Dee Sabol, Diversity Council Executive Director.
Later in the ceremony, RCTC President Jeffery Boyd also addressed the crowd with a message of hope and service to the community.