MLK Community Celebration


MLK Logo 34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr.

Community Celebration 

The 34th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration will occur on Monday, January 15, 2018 in the CSU Ballroom on the campus of MSU, Mankato. The 2018 Pathfinder Award, Young Pathfinder Award & Business Pathfinder Award Awards recipients will be honored at this community celebration.


Join us for a wonderful evening to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King!


The 34th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration is sponsored by the following organizations: Rasmussen College, Gustavus Adolphus College's Diversity Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato, YWCA of Mankato, Greater Mankato Growth, Inc., South Central College, Creative Ad Solutions, Inc., Halverson Law Office and Greater Mankato Diversity Council.


(Parking is FREE in the paylot in front of CSU!)


The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’ oeuvres and social time.


The program begins at 6:15 p.m. with the awards, followed by entertainment at 6:45 p.m. and our keynote at 7 p.m.


Our entertainment for the evening is the Mankato Children's Chorus. (


Our Keynote Speaker for the evening is Kevin Lindsey, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. His theme for the evening will be "50 years of Human Rights in Minnesota". 


Three awards are presented at the banquet: 

The Pathfinder Award was created in 1986 to recognize individuals or organizations that, in the spirit of Dr. King, are initiators or action takers in the struggle for equal treatment, human rights and non-violence. 

The Young Pathfinder Award was added in 2002 to recognize the commitment and courage displayed by area young people to achieve fair and equal treatment for all, healthy communities and peaceful resolution to conflicts. 

The Business Pathfinder Award was established in 2003 and is presented by Greater Mankato Growth to recognize businesses that strive for equal treatment, human rights and non-violence in the workplace.


Find out who will be recognized as a Pathfinder Award Winner on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 10am!


See past Pathfinder Award Recipients.


   MLK Event Tickets Now Available!