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Beloved Community

Learning from Our Neighbors

This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Luther Seminary Community will celebrate the life and work of Dr. King by seeking to learn from our neighbors. We will visit ministry sites and listen to leaders around the Twin Cities who embody King's legacy of beloved community.  We will return to Luther's campus for a chapel service led by board member Don Samuels '01 M.Div., CEO of MicroGrants, and a civil rights leader in Minneapolis. During a community meal, we will share stories, learnings, and experiences.


All events except the off-site listening sessions will take place in the Olson Campus Center at Luther Seminary and are free and open to the public. No RSVP required  unless you are interested in carpooling with other listeners, please add your name to the carpool list.

Monday, January 21, 2019

8:30 a.m. Carpools will leave from Luther Seminary
9-10:30 a.m. Off-site Listening Sessions
10:30 a.m. Carpools return to Luther Seminary
11 a.m. Worship: Don Samuels Preaching
12:30 p.m. Community Lunch

Keynote Speaker: Don Samuels '01

Don Samuels '01Don Samuels ’01 M.Div. is an executive and civil rights leader in Minneapolis. He has served as director of the Minneapolis Board of Education and is CEO of MicroGrants, which spurs economic self-sufficiency by giving strategic grants to low-income people of potential through the partner agencies that train them.

A community leader in North Minneapolis, Samuels has also served as a three-term Minneapolis council member, as chair of the Public Safety and Health Committee, and on the Regulatory Services and the Zoning and Community Development Committees. He has extensive leadership experience in the toy industry as an independent inventor and designer and as a research and development executive for brands including Playskool, Milton Bradley, and Hasbro.

He co-founded the PEACE Foundation to address violence in the Northside community and co-founded Hope Collaborative, which identified the top-performing urban schools in low income communities of color across the nation and presented ten of these schools’ leaders to the Minneapolis community. The PEACE Foundation is now the Northside Achievement Zone, which works to permanently close the achievement gap and end generational poverty in North Minneapolis.

Samuels earned a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in New York City. He serves on the boards of Luther Seminary, Twin Cities Rise, and The Youth Coordinating Board.