Former federal prosecutor and current CNN legal analyst, Laura Coates, will keynote the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast on Jan. 17.
Coates is a St. Paul native and served as Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, as well as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, specializing in the enforcement of voting rights throughout the United States.
Due to the pandemic the 2022 event will be virtual and will run 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Tickets are on sale at MLKBreakfast.com.
Closed captioning will be provided in four languages; English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish.
The event is presented each year by General Mills in collaboration with the United Negro College Fund to help area students attend college. The Minneapolis-based General Mills said in a statement since the inception of the annual breakfast it has provided more than $6.7 million in philanthropic support “to advance the UNCF’s mission and impact.”
“This important annual gathering aims to both motivate and inspire action to advance racial equity in our community,” Mary Jane Melendez, chief sustainability and global impact officer at General Mills said in a statement.
This year’s theme is “Fierce Urgency of Now.” Dr. King was a graduate of historically Black college Morehouse College.
Previous speakers have included the late former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, former Attorney General Eric Holder and actor David Oyelowo.
Entertainment will be provided by community youth choir, KNOWN MPLS.