Let Freedom Ring

The 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Let Freedom Ring procession down Northrop Mall
Let Freedom Ring crowd at Northrop Plaza
Mayor Jacob Frey, Dr. Josie Johnson, Debbie Montgomery, City Council President Andrea Jenkins, and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan
Debbie Montgomery and Dr. Josie Johnson in front of crowd
Let Freedom Ring performer with raised clenched fist
G. Phillip Shoultz, III
Eshay Brantley
 Joe Davis & The Poetic Diaspora
 Threads Dance Project
 Jovonta Patton & singers
Presentation of sculpture project by the artist and grandson
Cell phone lights held up by crowd
Event Date & Time
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Event Location
Carlson Family Stage, Northrop

84 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

On August 28, 2023, we honored the enduring legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as members of the community commemorated and celebrated the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom. Dynamic artists activated memories from the Civil Rights era, inspiring each of us to stand in solidarity and renew our commitments to do the hard work of securing liberty and justice for all!

Let Freedom Ring featured Jovonta Patton, Joe Davis & The Poetic Diaspora, Threads Dance Project, Thomasina Petrus, members of the Twin Cities Choral Consortium, and spoken word artist Eshay Brantley. Minnesota’s Attorney General Keith Ellison gave a ‘call to action’ at the concert’s close, sending us off to accelerate our efforts that can heal, relaunch, and move forward together into the next 60 years!

Curated by G. Phillip Shoultz, III
associate artistic director, VocalEssence and artistic director, U of M MLK Tribute Concert

Presented by College of Liberal Arts, Northrop, and VocalEssence

View photos from the procession and concert:

The Procession Facebook album
The Concert Facebook album


Featured Artists

University & Community Resources

Before and after the concert, explore what these local partners have to offer to the community.


Getting to the Concert

Information about parking and directions can be found on Northrop's website.

A parking event rate of $10 will be in effect at Church St. Garage, Nolte Center Garage, and 4th St. Ramp. If you wish to avoid the event rate you may consider parking at East River Road Garage, Weisman Art Museum Garage, or University Ave Ramp. More information about parking facilities on campus.


Introducing the Dream Initiative

2023 marks the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered the historic “I Have A Dream” speech. Inspired by historical and contemporary justice movements, the Dream Initiative, based in the College of Liberal Arts, invites Twin Cities organizations and communities to engage in opportunities that commemorate, foster reflection, educate and amplify our shared, social justice aspirations and actions for change.

Learn more about the Dream Initiative

Thank You

Extending our deepest gratitude to all who are supporting this event:

General Mills

The Givens Foundation for African American Literature

"The work of The Givens Foundation is designed to provide meaningful access and exposure to all those who are interested in this important literary art form. We hope that through this process of self-discovery, individuals become self-empowered to make their greatest attempt to make this a better world in which to live."

Herman J Milligan Jr., Ph.D., acting executive director


“We are advancing inclusion, diversity and equity at Medtronic to achieve zero barriers to opportunity. This means we are building a culture where all our people belong, are respected and feel valued for who they are and what they contribute. We draw inspiration from the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in our work. We are moving faster toward a future where we more fully leverage all our collective strengths—from our Mission to our people, from our buying power to our influence—to remove barriers to equity in our workplace, across healthcare and within the communities we serve.”

Dr. Sally Saba, Medtronic chief inclusion & diversity officer and Medtronic Foundation president

The Minneapolis Foundation

The Minneapolis Foundation drives collective action to realize strong, vibrant communities. The Foundation cultivates generosity by taking action on the greatest civic, social, and economic needs—partnering with nonprofits, facilitating grantmaking, driving research and advocacy, and providing services to donors seeking to make a difference in their communities. The Foundation's support comes from its Fund for Safe Communities which was established in 2018 to support tangible, specific, and meaningful actions that address and prevent violence. 

Minnesota Public Radio

Smaby Family Foundation

"We're delighted to support the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King's iconic 'I Have a Dream' speech. The event's goal to advance 'Dream-inspired innovations' education, music, and the arts resonated with our own mission."

Gary Smaby, managing trustee

Juxtaposition Arts

“TigerLion Arts is honored to support Let Freedom Ring's artistic program. Dr. King advised people to "make your career humanity." As creative professionals, we know that art serves as a universal language and a vehicle for deep understanding and healing. This work is TLA's mission in action—celebrating humanity's wisdom through art that awakens the spirit and inspires this community!”

Markell Kiefer, executive artistic director

TigerLion Arts, Artistic Production Support

University of Minnesota Foundation

Robert H Bruininks & Susan A Hagstrum

Louis & Alissa Clark

John Coleman & Laura Leitch

Kim & Steph Miller

Michael Perry


Support CLA's Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Fund


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