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Mayor of Newark Cory Booker to speak at 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast


Tickets now on sale at

The Honorable Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, N.J., will share his passion for social transformation and education at the 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011.

Tickets for the breakfast, which will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center, are now available at The event typically sells out each year, and will be broadcast live on Twin Cities Public Television.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast is an opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of the man and movement that not only changed civil rights laws for all Americans, but set in motion the drive for human rights reform worldwide. The theme of this year’s breakfast is “The Dream: Rejoice, Reclaim, Renew Community.”

Mayor Booker took the oath of office as Mayor of New Jersey’s largest city in July 2006 and was re-elected for a second term in 2010.

Elected with a clear mandate for change, Mayor Booker has begun work on realizing a bold vision for the city. Newark’s mission is to set a national standard for urban transformation by marshaling its resources to achieve security, economic abundance and an environment that is nurturing and empowering for individuals and families. In September, Mayor Booker – along with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – launched the Partnership for Education in Newark, a commitment to improve public education, with the support of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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About the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast
The annual holiday breakfast got its start when UNCF and the General Mills Foundation joined together to host a community celebration to honor the legacy of Dr. King. What started with 800 guests in 1991 now has grown so large that it reaches capacity seating at the Minneapolis Convention Center as one of the largest Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday breakfasts in the nation. Past speakers have included Gen. Colin Powell, USA (Ret), Rev. Joseph Lowery, the late Alex Haley, Yolanda King and U.S. Rep. John Lewis.

The 2011 breakfast will include a keynote presentation by Mayor Booker, performances from singer Paris Bennett and actors from the SteppingStone Theatre, and the presentation of the Local Legend and Emerging Legend community service awards. Attendees also will be encouraged to commit to volunteering in their community.

As in past years, the St. Paul Area Council of Churches will host several simultaneous free breakfasts that allow guests to watch the Minneapolis event on television. More information on these sites is available at

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About UNCF
UNCF—the United Negro College Fund—is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 39 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 18 percent of African-American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at

About the General Mills Foundation
The mission of the General Mills Foundation, celebrating 56 years of giving, is to nourish communities. In fiscal 2010, General Mills awarded more than $100 million to communities across the country, representing more than 5 percent of company pretax profits. Of the total, the Foundation contributed $22 million in grants in the targeted areas of hunger and nutrition wellness, and K-12 education. In addition, 82 percent of U.S. employees volunteer in the communities where they live and work. More information is available at


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