Community members listening to a lecture at the Rethinking Confirmation event

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Guide My Feet

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017
Luther Seminary
St. Paul, Minn.

Let’s move from talking to action. We have spent years talking and thinking about racial injustices and other forms of social oppression. How are we going to move to action? If you are a person of action, how are you sustaining yourself in these difficult times? We are seeing movement in our society, from Black Lives Matter to Standing Rock to marches on the street. Many are feeling called to act. 

For Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Luther Seminary, we will hear from two activists. One, a former Black Panther, who has dedicated her life to fight injustice and to act against oppression. The other, a leader in the Twin Cities Black Lives Matter movement, working to educate and agitate our community around issues of racial tension and police brutality. 

Come, listen to these two incredible voices. You will be informed, inspired and called to act. We must not just talk about issues, we must move. Jesus is guiding our feet and moving us into action.

Schedule of events

All events take place in the Olson Campus Center at Luther Seminary.

8:30 a.m. Check in, coffee available
Native American Speaker: Great-Grandmother Mary Lyons, Ojibwe/First Nations, USA
9 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Ericka Huggins, Professor, Black Panther Leader, Human Rights Activist
11 am Worship Service: Danny Givens Jr., Senior Pastor, Above Every Name Ministries
Community Lunch (free and open to the public)

Keynote Speaker: Ericka Huggins Ericka Huggins

Ericka Huggins is a human rights activist, poet, educator, Black Panther leader and former political prisoner. For the past 30 years, she has lectured throughout the United States and internationally. Her extraordinary life experiences have enabled her to speak personally and eloquently on issues relating to the physical and emotional well-being of women, children and youth, whole being education, over incarceration, and the role of the spiritual practice in sustaining activism and promoting change. 


Preacher: Danny Givens Jr.Danny Givens Jr.

Danny Givens Jr. is the senior pastor of Above Every Name Ministries, a young cutting edge congregation in the Twin Cities that prides itself in being a "Church for the People." As an advocate for racial justice surrounding the systemic issues blacks and people of color face on a daily basis, Pastor Danny devotes his time and energy to the #BlackLivesMatterMpls movement in the role of clergy liaison. Pastor Danny is also one of the founding members of Black Clergy United for Change (BCUC), a collective of black clergy committed to the work of racial justice and social transformation in urban communities and abroad.