Events in the Twin Cities honor Martin Luther King Jr.

January 21, 2019 12:41 PM

People throughout Minnesota took time Monday to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Junior at various MLK Day events.

The festivities kicked off at the Minneapolis Armory with the popular MLK Day Breakfast.

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Coordinators say the event sold out with a record crowd of about 2,500 people.

It featured live music, art and speeches about carrying on Dr. King's legacy.

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"We've made so much progress and we don't want to forget so we should come together to celebrate," said MLK Breakfast Co-Chair Aiesha Dempster. "But we know there's still work to be done so we need to come here, get inspired and get motivated to carry that message forward."

The State of Minnesota Official Celebration took place at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul and was hosted by Gov. Tim Walz.

"It's understanding twofold what our history was and then trying to reconcile that and move forward," Governor Walz told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. "The work of equity and inclusion is never done. I think for me the overarching message, that you can't take hate on with hate, you have to take it on with love and inclusion."

The program kicked off with a youth rally, with local students paying tribute to the civil rights leader.

"He was a good man and he did a lot for our country," said student Immanuel Kiazolu.

Student Princess Totimeh added, "It's very important for people to come out and understand what happened back then and why we fight for where we are now."

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