Sunday, December 19, 2010

MCTC Partners with Local Organizations for 3rd Annual MLK Day of Service and Announces Student African American Brotherhood Program

Minneapolis—Dec. 17, 2010 Minneapolis Community and Technical College (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.

Minneapolis Community and Technical CollegeWho: MCTC Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Friends and Twin Cities community members.

Cost: Free and open to the public to participate.

Registration: 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.

About Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) MCTC is the most ethnically diverse college in Minnesota. A member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, MCTC offers students more than 130 liberal arts, technical and career program credential options designed to prepare them for good jobs in high-­‐demand professions. Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, MCTC enrolls more than 14,000 students annually and is an active partner in initiatives designed to
strengthen the social, economic and cultural vitality of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. For more information, visit

For Immediate Release Contacts: Amy Danielson, Marketing and Communications Coordinator 612.659.6225 or

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