Bitter cold this MLK Day doesn’t stop people from celebrating civil rights

Braving the bitter cold for MLK march and events in Duluth

A look at how people in Duluth marked the accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr.

They gathered first at the Family Freedom Center, and fueled up with coffee and donuts. Some folks also made signs to carry in their gloved hands.

Their message on this Martin Luther King Junior Day, was about equality and justice for all.

Dontay, a student in Duluth, told us, “I think it’s important because we should celebrate his accomplishments and what he’s done for the Black community.”

Then it was time to march down to the DECC.

“We’re in northern Minnesota and the majority of the population is white. And I think that when we get out and march and come together like this, it’s so important. I think it’s even more important here than it is in other places where the population is more diverse,” shared Chris Davila, the treasurer of the NAACP and part of the MLK Committee.

Once they arrived at the DECC, the group received a warm welcome from different organizations who were tabling. The DECC also provided hot apple cider and some treats.

The program included song and messages about the continued push for progress in equality.

Olivia, another student, said, “As a BIPOC person, it’s really important to come out and show solidarity Martin Luther King Day represents a big moment in our American history. And I feel like showing that we can overcome injustice is kind of like a big part of being in Duluth.”

The NAACP also hosted a breakfast before the march and rally. Folks gathered at the Coppertop Church for food and fellowship.