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

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Day of Service 2016

Dr Martin Luther King

“Our lives begin to end the day we become
silent about things that matter.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Watch for pre-registration information

7-10 a.m. Jan. 18

Atwood Memorial Center Ballroom 

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a clergyman, activist, humanitarian and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, St. Cloud State hosts a community breakfast and Day of Community Service.

In its third 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.

In honoring King, St. Cloud State affirms its commitment to the goals of peace and racial justice.

Partnering with General Mills Foundation and Twin Cities Public Television (TPT), we are proud to present keynote speaker Gov. Deval Patrick, the 71st governor of Massachusetts. In 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed Patrick assistant attorney general for civil rights, the nation’s top civil rights post. 

Campus parking lots will be free on Jan. 18, except the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp and signed stalls such as handicapped, 15-minute, maintenance vehicles and the like.

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:

Kids Fighting Hunger food-packaging event

Volunteer to help package 100,000 meals to feed children around the world who may have scarcity of food, with Kids Fighting Hunger.

Three shifts are available: 9-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-1pm, 1-3 p.m.


Dexter R. Stanton Essay and Visual Art Contests

Students are invited to submit an essay or 2D artwork to express their vision of “Inspire. Challenge. Connect.” theme. Community members can also participate by sending their essays and arts. 

More information on the contest and submissions (PDF)

Oratory Contest

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University present an intercollegiate oratory contest for college students from St. Cloud and surrounding cities to create a short five minute speech revolving around the theme: From "A Time to Break Silence: This I believe to be the privilege and the burden of all of us who deem ourselves bound by allegiances and loyalties which are broader and deeper than nationalism and which go beyond our nation's self-defined goals and positions. We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy, for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers".

The award ceremony for the winners will be held 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at Stephen B. Humphrey Theater. Monetary prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. For more information, contact Brandyn Woodard at

Submission and more information (PDF)

Art Contest 

St. Cloud Technical and Community College is hosting an art competition to honor King's legacy. The top three winners' works will be displayed at the St Cloud State Art Gallery. This competition is for student currently enrolled at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. 

Submit your artwork to Room 1-157 by 8 a.m. Jan. 13. For more information contact Sangeeta Jha at

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