How to watch UNCF’s 29th Annual MLK Holiday Breakfast featuring Don Lemon

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The United Negro College Fund (UNCF)’s MLK Holiday Breakfast is once again a sold-out affair. 

Now in its 29th year, the hot-ticket event honors civil rights icon Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his official holiday, Mon., Jan. 21. This year’s event is themed “Doing for Others: A Call to Social Action,” and will feature a keynote by Don Lemon, CNN Tonight host and Emmy Award-winning news anchor, along with a performance by Minnesota’s own Sounds of Blackness.

“We are thrilled to have Mr. Lemon share his experiences of how Dr. King guided him as a journalist and national news anchor,” said Michael L. Lomax, president/CEO of UNCF. “This year, we welcome area youth to honor Dr. King’s sacrifices, so that we can teach the next generation about the act of serving others.”

Entertainment will also be provided by the Minnesota Orchestra Brass Ensemble, the MacPhail Bucket Band and artist Ta-coumba Aiken who will perform a live painting.

While tickets are already sold out for the event, you can watch the broadcast live at 8 am on Twin Cities Public Television or online at

You can also make it a community affair by watching the broadcast at one of several “Community Breakfast Viewing” sites.  All Twin Cities-area breakfasts request a $5 donation (children 12 and under are free) and start at 7 am.

2019 Community Breakfast Viewing Sites:

  • Brooklyn United Methodist Church, 7200 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Center
  • Judson Memorial Baptist Church, 4101 Harriet Ave., Minneapolis
  • Macalester College, Kagin Commons, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul
  • Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Ave., St. Paul
  • Redwing Senior High School, 2451 Eagle Ridge Dr., Red Wing
  • St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 111 E Orleans St., Stillwater
  • University of Minnesota – Duluth Campus, 1120 Kirby Dr., Duluth
  • White Bear Unitarian Universalist, 328 Maple St., Mahtomedi

The 29th Annual UNCF MLK Holiday Breakfast is organized in partnership with General Mills. Proceeds from the event will help deserving area students go to college and provide resources to UNCF-member institutions.

For more info, visit Check out the MSR‘s 2019 MLK Community Calendar for a complete list of Twin Cities events honoring Dr. King.