Meeting racism straight in the eye
In frigid weather, people gathered outside the Washington Center to march down Lake Avenue and Superior Streets to a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
Once at the DECC, the crowd was treated to drumming, singing and dancing interspersed with a somber message that the fight to overcome racism is still needed. Local people were recognized and honored for their work.
Liss Jones-Lofgren gave the keynote address. She is the host of "Urban Agenda" on KMOJ radio in Minneapolis. "Absolutely every black life matters," she told the DECC audience, adding that there is still much work to be done in areas of racism. "We are going up to every child and reminding them it doesn't matter how much money their parents make or what their address is or what they look like: that their lives matter."