Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative (C.A.R.E.)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Day of Service 2017

Postcard for great St. Cloud's MLK Day 2017

To honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., -- clergyman, activist, humanitarian and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement -- St. Cloud State is hosting a community breakfast and Day of Community Service 7:30-9:30 a.m. Jan. 16 in Atwood Memorial Center.

Photo of Myrlie Evers-Williams, circa 2011

St. Cloud State is partnering with General Mills Foundation, United Negro College Fund and Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) to present keynote speaker Myrlie Evers-Williams. Her Minneapolis remarks will be simulcast at 8 a.m. to screens in the Atwood ballroom. 

Evers-Williams, 83, is a civil rights leader, retired corporate executive, author and former chair of the NAACP. Twice-widowed, she was married to former NCAAP field secretary Medgar Evers when he was assassinated June 12, 1963 in the driveway of their Jackson, Mississippi home.

In its fourth year, the event invites students, employees and community members to engage in conversations and interactions on things that matter, to critically analyze how to create positive change and to do the required actions to support the well being of everyone in our community.

Campus parking lots will be free on Jan. 16, except the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp and handicapped, 15-minute and maintenance-vehicle stalls.

Fundraising and Community Champions

crowdfunding website that is expected to raise $5,000 will be announced at the 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Dec. 5 kick-off event at United Way of Central Minnesota. Also announced will be a cadre of Community Champions. Following the MLK Day keynote address, the Community Champions at each table will lead conversations about King and the event theme: Be Human Kind.

King's Kids

King's Kids is an opportunity for children three and older to learn more about King and what community service means. The children participate in hands-on activities developed to inspire, ignite and teach about Dr. King’s legacy and his vision for the beloved community. There will be breakout rooms for children in the following ages groups, staffed by adult volunteers with fun and educational activities from 7:30-8:30 a.m. 

Please click on your child’s age group to register for this portion of the program:

Dexter R. Stanton Essay and Visual Art Contests

Students are invited to submit an essay or 2D artwork to express their vision of the 2017 theme: Be Human Kind. Community members can also participate by sending their essays and art works. 

Get Involved

We need of committed, thoughtful volunteers to ensure activities of the committee continue. Many different jobs are available, from event planning to publicity promotion. For more information, contact