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Sixth Annual MLK Day of Service a Success

Posted on: January 28th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments
The Cookie Cart, Minneapolis

Volunteers bake cookies at the Cookie Cart on Broadway Ave. in north Minneapolis.

On Jan. 18, approximately 250 members of MCTC’s community gathered at the College for a day of service despite an early morning snowstorm that left several inches of snow on city streets and sidewalks. Participants in the sixth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service attended a breakfast session with speakers including WCCO Reporter Reg Chapman, MCTC Director of Diversity Whitney Harris, MCTC student-led choral group Deliverance for Youth and Northside Achievement Zone CEO Sondra Samuels. Individuals from across the community generously gave their time to the event, including MCTC faculty, staff, students, members of the community and nearly a dozen Target employees.

After a program of rousing music, raw stories and inspirational cheer, participants spread through the community to perform hours of community service at 11 participating sites. Volunteers crafted sandwiches for Simpson Housing Services, repainted a community room at the north Minneapolis Camden branch of People for Pride in Living, sorted donations of clothing and household items for the Arc’s Value Village, Steeple People and Ascension Place thrift stores, made blankets for MCTC’s Resource and Referral Center and more. WCCO covered the event in this article.

Click here to view a photo album from the day’s events, and stay tuned for next year’s Day of Service!

Join MCTC for the Sixth Annual MLK, Jr. Day of Service January 18

Posted on: December 30th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments

Photo: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service logo.In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy, and MCTC’s Centennial year, MCTC invites everyone in the community to volunteer during our sixth annual MLK Day of Service. Join members of our community for a light breakfast accompanied by inspirational speakers, music and spoken word performances, followed by volunteering at one of nine participating local nonprofit organizations.

Special guests at the event will include WCCO Reporter Reg Chapman, Northside Achievement Zone President and CEO Sondra Samuels, spoken word performers and civil rights scholars.

Click here for more information, and to register to be a part of this meaningful day!

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.