Eighth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend of Service
January 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Sweet Potato Comfort Pie (SPCP) of Golden Valley invites everyone to gather in observance and celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The program is co-hosted for the second year by Breck School and will be held virtually on Sunday, January 16, from 2:00pm to 4:30pm CST.
Immediately after the online event, the 93 Sweet Potato Comfort Pies (symbolic of King’s age if he were alive) will be picked up at Breck School. Students and others will give pies to their community heroes and people in special need of comfort and recognition. Throughout the month of January, on display at Breck will be SPCP’s photo exhibit: “Character Values: Upholding Our Beloved Community.” The exhibit features 16 intergenerational and culturally diverse Minnesotans who embody character traits essential to a just and thriving community. Portraits include Attorney General Keith Ellison; social justice activist, and relative of Emmett Till, Deborah Watts; American Indian Movement co-founder Clyde Bellecourt; and others.
“This year has been tumultuous not only for those of us in the Twin Cities, but across the country and the world. We have seen demand for our events and services increase, and we are honored to meet people at this intersection in history with a message of healing, solidarity and activation around social justice,” said Rose McGee, founder of SPCP. “This event not only allows us to pause and reflect, but also fortifies our community for the work ahead.”
Registration link is here. Please register as soon as you are able; the Zoom link will be sent the week before the event. There is no cost. Events include:
Sunday, January 16 2:00pm – 4:30pm CST
Zoom event featuring DJ Freesia Towle, the procession of pies, facilitated story circles in smaller breakout rooms to discuss issues of race in America and to talk about who the 93 pies will be gifted to.
The 2022 “Batter That Matters Award” recipients are: Mother/Daughter activists Jewelean Jackson and Thandisizwe Jackson-Nisan, Kate Towle and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. A special story circle dialogue with Alice White, Golden Valley Police Commander; Angela Rose Myers Morales, former President of the NAACP, Minneapolis Branch; Roslyn Harmon, Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Center in St. Paul; and students from Breck, Roosevelt and Osseo High Schools.
Sunday, January 16 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Sweet Potato Comfort Pie pickup at Breck School, 123 Ottawa Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55422. Pies will be picked up for gifting to honorees.
Saturday, January 15 – Monday, January 17
“Character Values: Upholding Our Beloved Community” photo exhibit on display at Breck School, 123 Ottawa Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55422. Due to COVID-19 precautions, this is available only to registered event participants.
This event is made possible by Lunds & Byerlys Golden Valley, King Arthur Baking in Vermont, The City of Golden Valley Diversity and Equity Commission, and over 100 volunteers.