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Black Men in America: A Real Conversation

Posted on: October 20th, 2011 by insidemctc 4 Comments

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, 4:30–6 p.m.
K Building, Room K.3360

Student African American Brotherhood/Brother2Brother (SAAB/B2B) present “Black Men in America: A Real Conversation.”

This panel discussion will feature:Student African American Brotherhood

  • Alex Pate, associate professor of African-American and African studies at the University of Minnesota
  • E.G. Bailey, Liberian-born actor, spoken word artist, filmmaker, playwright and producer
  • Lennie Chism, entrepreneurial activist and creator of the Black Pages
  • Brandon Royce-Diop, a student in the Masters of Education and Teaching Licensure Program at the University of St. Thomas and policy fellow and the 2011 Advocacy Fellow with Minnesota Minority Education Partnership bringing critical support to the African American Males in Education Advisory

This event is open to everyone. For more information: or 612-659-6000 ext. 4287

MCTC’s 3rd Annual MLK Day of Service Event

Posted on: January 25th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

Volunteers at the MLK Day of Service breakfast

Volunteers at the MLK Day of Service breakfast

On Saturday, January 15, MCTC celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life in a way that truly honored his dream for humanity. Dr. King believed in the power of service to strengthen our communities and achieve common goals. Through his words and example, Dr. King challenged individuals to take action and lift up their neighbors and communities through service.

Ascension Place

Volunteers cooked meals, cleaned and sorted donations at Ascension Place

MCTC did exactly that. In partnership with more than a dozen local nonprofits, MCTC mobilized approximately 350 volunteers to perform service projects at these partner nonprofit agencies. The participating organizations were grateful for the help.

Abby Roza from the Minnesota Literacy Council Lake Street Learning Center said, “I just wanted to thank you so much for including us in the MCTC Day of Service. The 12 volunteers were so positive and such a joy to work with. They covered a large amount of area, and were wonderfully enthusiastic about the programming and the community. This outreach will make a big difference in the number of students we are able to serve. We look forward to partnering in the future.”

Senator Al Franken volunteers with members of the community at the Bridge for Youth

Senator Al Franken volunteers with members of the community at the Bridge for Youth

Senator Al Franken also came to support our volunteer effort at the Bridge for Youth in Minneapolis. You may have seen him sorting donations at the Bridge on one of our local news stations. Here’s a clip from Fox 9.

Before embarking on the day’s service projects, our v olunteers joined us for a breakfast program on MCTC’s campus. We were honored to have Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe as the keynote speaker. Dr. Bledsoe is the founder of the Student African American Brotherhood Organization (SAAB), which is a national organization with more than 250 chapters established across 40 states to enhance the experiences of and instill a “spirit of care” in African American males in high schools, colleges and universities around the country. 

He delivered an inspiring speech, energizing the crowd even more for the work ahead. We are  thrilled to have Dr. Bledsoe help us to kick off a SAAB chapter on MCTC’s campus.

Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe greets volunteers

Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe greets volunteers

Thanks to everyone who signed up for the MLK Day of Service. The event was a great success because of everyone who participated. Special thanks to Target for sponsoring the event and to our media sponsor, WCCO.

Also, special thanks to the MLK Day of Service breakfast volunteers–these volunteers were made up of MCTC staff and faculty who agreed to come extra early that day to help to ensure the event ran smoothly and guests felt welcome. They did a fantastic job! MCTC looks forward to hosting this event and the community service projects again next year.

More photos from the event are available on Facebook.

MLK Day of Service

Posted on: December 17th, 2010 by insidemctc No Comments

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.