MLK Day of Service

MCTC announces the 3rd annual MLK Day of Service breakfast and volunteer event and introduces a new chapter of the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) on January 15, 2011, the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

MCTC will honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at our MLK Day of Service breakfast and volunteer service event. The breakfast will feature an inspirational message from Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, founder and CEO of the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB). WCCO’s Reg Chapman will emcee the event.

When: Saturday, January 15.
Registration and breakfast: 7:30 – 8:15 a.m.
Program featuring Dr. Bledsoe: 8:15 – 9 a.m.
Volunteering in the community: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, T Building Cafeteria.
Who: MCTC Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Friends, and Twin Cities community members.
Cost: Free and open to the public to participate.
Contact Dan Brasch at 612-659-6315 or to register. Registration is necessary. The deadline to register is Jan. 7.

Bledsoe’s organization has successfully formed chapters at colleges and universities across the country to increase the number of African American and Latino men that graduate from college. MCTC will be the first campus in Minnesota to have a SAAB chapter. By creating a positive community of peers based on a spirit of caring, MCTC hopes to improve the graduation rates of its students. Bledsoe will talk about the importance of joining together to reach community goals.

After breakfast and Bledsoe’s presentation, participants will load onto buses and go out into the community to volunteer at 13 organizations, doing everything from reading to children to preparing meals. There will also be volunteer projects on campus. Educational barriers, like the ones Dr. Bledsoe will speak about, as well as poverty and homelessness are often intertwined and will be the themes of this year’s MLK birthday celebration. MCTC expects to recruit 250 volunteers for this event.

More information will be forthcoming about the MLK Week of Activities. For more information about the MLK Day of Service and volunteer opportunities, visit

Editor’s note: For the last 20 years, MCTC has celebrated the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King via our Celebrate the Dream event. This event has traditionally been held at the Basilica of St. Mary and has featured speeches and stirring musical performers, including addresses from Dr. King’s children and leading thinkers and celebrities. Thousands have gathered at the Celebrate the Dream events to honor the life and work of Dr. King and to celebrate his legacy. They have left the evening’s event with a greater sense of inspiration and motivation, but without a direct opportunity for service. To better honor Dr. King’s legacy, we have decided to transition that event to the MLK Day of Service. We will no longer hold an event at the Basilica of St. Mary.

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