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2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Statewide Holiday Celebration

January 18, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Governor Dayton’s Council on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday formally invites you to “The Power of Telling Your Story: 30 Years of Us”

It will be held on Monday January 18 from 9am-1pm at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (345 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN).

MNCDHH has 2 Community Outreach Specialists, Kim Wassenaar and Jessalyn Akerman-Frank, who are working with Governor Dayton's Council on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Statewide Celebration.

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. There will be a reserved seating section for the deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing community.

Onstage interpreters and CART services will be provided. For additional accommodations (such as DeafBlind or CDI requests), please contact Jessalyn Akerman-Frank ( by Friday, January 8, 2015. Be sure to let her know what parts you want to attend (see the schedule below) and include any preferences you have.

9:00-10:00 Youth Rally – Ordway Concert Hall
10:15-10:45 March Reenactment- Route will begin at the main entrance of the Ordway Center for Performing Arts
11:00-1:00 Celebration Program – Ordway Music Theater
Remarks by Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith
Honoring the Honorable Michael J. Davis
Keynote address by Talila A. Lewis, founder of Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf

Information about Parking and Free Bus rides on MLK Day:
PARKING: Parking will be available for $3.00 per vehicle at the St. Paul College Ramp, 235 Marshall Avenue beginning at 8:00 am. Attendees will be given a free bus pass to use to connect to the Ordway via Route 21.

FREE TRANSIT TO THE ORDWAY: Free transit passes will be available to use from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on January 18 courtesy of Metro Transit. Beginning on January 11, passes can be printed off at, or picked at the following locations:
Office of the Governor, St. Paul
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, St. Paul
Minneapolis Urban League, Plymouth Avenue
Sabathani Community Center, Minneapolis


January 18, 2016
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Event Category:



ASL Interpreted, Captions/Cart, DeafBlind Interpreter/SSP, Request other accommodations


Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St
Saint Paul, MN 55102 United States