Proudly Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day: January 15, 2018

Ecumen proudly celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We especially thank Dr. King for the inspiration he gives us in our fight against ageism.  

Recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a paid holiday for our employees is one way Ecumen shows its commitment to equality and empowerment for all people. 

Like Dr. King, we believe all people matter – a belief that is at the heart of our commitment to caring for older adults and fighting ageism in all its forms. We thank Dr. King for his inspiration.

We believe in diversity and inclusion and proudly embrace the differences among people. We welcome all people as customers, employees and vendors, regardless of race, color, age, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, physical ability, marital status, political beliefs, economic status – and all the many other ways people can be different from one another.

We strive to uphold a culture where everyone is included and treated with dignity and respect. By giving all people the opportunity to contribute their skills, experience, passion and perspectives, we are a stronger company. Honoring diversity and inclusion inspires people to engage, create, innovate and help drive our organizational success. We invite you to read Ecumen’s Diversity and Inclusion Policy at this link.

To help you celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, below is a listing of some major events around Minnesota.

MINNEAPOLIS: MLK Holiday Breakfast

Date: January 15, 2018 (Monday) 
Time: 7 to 9:30 a.m.   
Where: Minneapolis Armory, 500 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Registration: Tickets ($50) are required. You also can watch the MLK Breakfast LIVE on TPT – Twin Cities PBS at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 15, 2018, or stream it online at

Each year, the General Mills Foundation and UNCF present an annual MLK Holiday Breakfast in downtown Minneapolis to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s keynote speaker is David Oyelowo (pronounced “oh-yellow-oh”), a British-Nigerian actor and producer, who played the role of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Oscar-nominated film Selma (2014).


ST. PAUL: 2018 MLK Celebration

Date: January 15, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.   
Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington Street, St. Paul MN

Hosted by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who has been a champion for social justice, civil rights and economic empowerment. The celebration will consist of a youth rally, musical acts, an awards ceremony honoring Minnesotans who are making a difference, and a celebratory program featuring inspiring speakers. The event is free and open to the public. 


MANKATO: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

Date: January 15, 2018
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.    
Where: Centennial Student Union Ballroom Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN

To celebrate the legacy of Dr. King by recognizing area individuals and businesses who embody the spirit of Dr. King. Minnesota Department of Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey will provide a keynote address. This event is open to the public. For more information: Greater Mankato Diversity Council,  


ST. CLOUD: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast and Day of Service 2018

Date: January 15, 2018   
Time: 8 to 10 a.m.   
Where: Halenbeck Hall, St. Cloud State University, 1000 4th Ave S, St. Cloud, MN 56301

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast and Day of Service commemorates Dr. King's dream of a multiracial nation united in justice, peace, and reconciliation. The breakfast will feature a keynote address by Sheyann Webb Christburg, civil rights activist and acclaimed author and a vibrant community dialogue led by St. Cloud Community Champions at each table.

On site craft projects that benefit St. Cloud residents in need will be available after the breakfast from 10 a.m. – 12 noon on the upper deck of the Halenbeck Main Gym. A food packaging event will also take place from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on site. No pre-registration is required to participate in the craft projects. Appropriate for all age groups The event is free and open to the public however registration is required since seating is limited. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. The Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. For more information go to:


OWATONNA: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast

Date: January 15, 2018   
Time: 6:30 to 8 a.m.   
Where: Plaza Morena Campestre Grill 1620, 26th Street NE, Owatonna, MN 55060

City of Owatonna Human Rights Commission will host a breakfast with an address by Minnesota Department of Human Rights Deputy Commissioner Rowzat Shipchandler. Open to the public. For more information: Contact City of Owatonna at 507-444-4300.


Other community events include:

East Side/Downtown St. Paul  Register Now
St. Casimir Catholic Church – Old School Hall
917 Jessamine Ave E, St. Paul, MN 55106 (See Map)

Summit-University St. Paul  Register Now
Mount Olivet Baptist Church
451 Central Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55103 (See Map)

West Side/West St. Paul  Register Now
Faith United Methodist Church
1530 Oakdale Ave, West St. Paul, MN 55118 (See Map)

Northeast Suburbs  More Information and Register Online
White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church
328 Maple St, Mahtomedi, MN 55115 (See Map)

North Minneapolis/Northern Suburbs  Register Now
Brooklyn United Methodist Church
7200 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429 (See Map)

South Minneapolis  Register Now
Judson Memorial Baptist Church
4101 Harriet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409 (See Map)

Macalester College  Event is Full
Kagin Commons
1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105 (See Map)
*7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
**Breakfast is free to attend. Registration is required.

United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities  Register Now
McMillan Building
555 Stinson Blvd, New Brighton, MN 55112 (See Map)
**Breakfast is free to attend. Registration is required.

Stillwater  Register Now
St. Peter's United Church of Christ
111 Orleans St E, Stillwater, MN 55082 (See Map)

River Falls, Wisconsin  Register Now
Saint Bridget Catholic Church
211 E Division St, River Falls, WI 54022 (See Map)

Red Wing  To Register Call Red Wing Community Education at 651-385-4565
Pier 55 Red Wing Area Seniors
240 Harrison Street #2, Red Wing, MN 55066 (See Map)
**Breakfast is free to attend. Registration is required.

Holy Family Catholic Church
2430 W 3rd St, Duluth, MN 55806 (See Map)

University of Minnesota Duluth
Kirby Student Center
1120 Kirby Dr, Duluth, MN 55812 (See Map)