MLK Jr. Day 2017 - "The Time is Always Right to Do What is Right" (February 2017)
Students from Youth Executive Board, Culture Club White Bear Lake and Be the Dream Woodbury High school, celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by joining other youth and community members in a rally and march organized by the Governors Council. The 31st annual celebration kicked off with a rally at the front steps of the Capitol building, followed by a march to the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in downtown St. Paul. Students heard inspiring and action prone words from MN figures, Senator Amy Klobuchar, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Lt. Governor Tina Smith, and youth from Maple Grove High school. Keynote speaker Caroline Wanga, Chief Diversity Officer, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion of Target Corporation delivers words of a courageous agenda, authenticity and understanding your purpose as Dr. King did. Students were honored to hear from Grammy Award Winning and MN native musical ensemble Sounds of Blackness.
After the program commenced, the students watched the movie Hidden Figures, a storyline based on true events of a team of African-American women assisting NASA in launching the program’s first successful space missions.
The theme this year is to be courageous and take action, to believe in the work of positive change, to speak our truth and share our stories.