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Bemidji State, NTC to host Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast

Bemidji State and Northwest Technical College's Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, Jan. 17, in BSU's Beaux Arts Ballroom and over Zoom.

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BEMIDJI -- Bemidji State and Northwest Technical College's Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, Jan. 17, in BSU's Beaux Arts Ballroom and over Zoom.

CDEI Director Ye "Solar" Hong said in a release that the event aims to provide the community with a platform to celebrate the legacy and honor the life of the U.S. civil rights activist.

"It is a continuous process to encourage people to join the journey of striving for equitable outcomes for all," Hong said. "It is essential to have this opportunity to gather together, to share what we have learned or been inspired from the impact that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has made, to try our best to close the gaps between the privileged and historically underrepresented groups."

The event will virtually welcome Dr. Andriel Dees, vice chancellor for equity and inclusion for the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities, and Dr. Henry Morris, vice president of diversity and inclusion at Minnesota State University-Mankato.

BSU/NTC Diversity Officer Steven Parker and NTC Dean of Nursing Michele Brielmaier will also make live remarks regarding their own experiences and insights on Dr. King.

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Student senate president Kendra Draeger of Waseca and vice president Caleb Travis of Pine River will also speak.

The celebration is free to the public with limited in-person attendance and will also be available on Zoom. Pre-registration is required by Friday, Jan. 14.

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