Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to Headline 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Breakfast

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Cynetra McMillian
UNCF Communications


(MINNEAPOLIS) — Former two-time governor of Massachusetts and author Deval Patrick will deliver the keynote address when the Minneapolis Area Office of UNCF in conjunction with the General Mills Foundation will host the 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., breakfast on Jan. 18. 

The theme of the event, which will celebrate the life and achievements of the civil rights icon, a Morehouse College graduate in the class of 1948, is “Civil and Right: Are You Living the Dream?”

“We are thrilled to have Gov. Deval Patrick share his experiences and insights as this year’s keynote speaker,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and chief executive officer of UNCF, who will introduce Patrick at the event. “For decades, Gov. Patrick has been an inspirational national leader, making significant contributions to the health and welfare of Massachusetts, particularly in the education and economic sectors. He has also made an impact on the national front in the civil rights and political arenas. As the first in his family to attend college, he is an inspiration for all of us for hope and action.” 

U.S. District Judge Michael Davis and retired Minnesota Supreme Court justice Alan Page will be honored during the event with  Lifetime Legend awards. Additionally, Voice of Culture, Stephen Daniels and the Shiloh Gospel Choir will perform. 

For more information about the 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Breakfast, which will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center, visit As in the past, the breakfast will also be broadcast live on Twin Cities Public Television at 8 a.m., CST, and live-streamed at MLK Breakfast Live. 


About General Mills Foundation
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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, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 21 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 1,100 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 or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.