Documentary "MLK 11.12.61" Viewing Event and Panel Discussion

Monday, January 17, 2022
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM


On Nov. 12, 1961, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Mankato, Minnesota. While here, he gave two sermons at Centenary United Methodist Church and a speech at Mankato High School (now Mankato West High School). To explore this history, the Kessel Peace Institute of Minnesota State University, Mankato and True Façade pictures collaborated to make a 40-minute documentary.

Check out a sneak peek of the documentary:

Join us on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022, for the online premiere of our documentary film. The film explores the history, context and legacy of Dr. King’s visit to Mankato and reflects on where we have been as a community, and where we need to be heading. A panel discussion featuring individuals from the documentary will follow.

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MLK 11.12.61 Documentary and Panel Discussion Recording


1:30 p.m. – Introductions
  • Dr. Jameel Haque, Kessel Peace Institute and History Department, Minnesota State Mankato
  • Dr. Matt Loayza, Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Minnesota State Mankato
  • Paul Peterson, Superintendent of Schools, Mankato Area Public Schools
  • Kenneth Reed, School Board Member, Mankato Area Public Schools and Director of African American Affairs, Minnesota State Mankato

1:45 p.m. – Film Screening

2:10 p.m. – Panel Discussion
Moderator: Bukata Hayes, Vice President of Racial and Health Equity, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Dr. Timothy Berry, Interim Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Equity Initiatives, Minnesota State Mankato
  • Dr. Christopher Brown, Acting Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities, Minnesota State Mankato
  • Jill Cooley, Associate Professor, History Department, Minnesota State Mankato
  • Dr. Henry Morris, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Minnesota State Mankato
  • Matt Moore, Social Studies Teacher, Mankato West High School
  • Stacy Wells, Director of Communications, Mankato Area Public Schools

2:55 p.m. – Pathfinder Awards Presentation
Presented by the Greater Mankato Diversity Council

3: 05 p.m. – Closing remarks

Thank you to our partners:

African American Affairs; College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; College of Arts and Humanities; College of Education; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Department of Communication Studies, Department of History; Greater Mankato Diversity Council, Kessel Peace Institute, Love & Struggle, the Memorial Library at Minnesota State Mankato, and Target Corporation.

From the Archives

Interested in learning more about MLK Jr.'s visit to Mankato? Check out the Memorial Library archives with news clippings and the audio recording of his speech.


Jameel Haque

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