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Minnesota National Guard celebrates Dr. King at MLK Breakfast

The 20th Annual MLK Breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center provided the Minnesota National Guard an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of service of Martin Luther King, Jr, Jan 18 Of the over 2,000 participants, noteworthy attendees included the leadership and Soldiers and Airmen of the Minnesota National Guard, Minnesota politicians of all levels and local business leaders

The invocation was given by Pastor Dennis M Oglesby, Jr, of the Park Avenue United Methodist Church which serves the community of South Minneapolis

Opening remarks were given by guest speaker Dr Michael L Lomax the president and CEO the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) the nation's largest minority education organization

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A video greeting was sent from Basra, Iraq by Lt. Col. Trancey Williams, Camp Basra Equal Rights Representative, 34th Infantry Division  Williams believes MLK Day is a time for reflection and assessment "We definitely see progress"said Williams, but he warns "the plan we used to get us here will not be the same plan we use to get us there" Listen to audio

The Ladies of Jazz Project performed "Lift Every Voice and Sing" inviting the entire ballroom to sing along The group featured Timotha Lanae, Gwen Matthews, Debbie Duncan and Thomasina Petrus

The celebration was capped off by an inspirational, and often humorous, sermon by Reverend Dr Joseph E Lowery, named by Ebony Magazine "one of the nation's 15 Greatest Black Preachers" Like his contemporary, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, Rev Lowery has a long history as a prominent civil and human rights activist

In the rousing culmination of Lowery's speech he reflected back to his benediction at President Obama's Inauguration He realized the significance of ushering in the first Black American President as he faced the Lincoln Memorial where 50 years before Dr King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech

The MLK Breakfast was hosted by the General Mills Foundation in partnership with UNCF and the Public Broadcasting Service The event was filmed by PBS and rebroadcast on public television channels For the first time this year, the broadcast was available for viewing by members of the Minnesota National Guard serving in Basra, Iraq

By Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ewer
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
18 Jan, 2010


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