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Hamline Senior Appointed to Governor's Council on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday


Hamline University senior Nicholas Jenkins jump-started a community leadership career with his recent appointed to the Minnesota Governor’s Council on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday for 2020.

Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced their picks for the council on December 9. The group is comprised of community leaders from the Twin Cities metro area and Duluth. Minnesota Department of Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero leads the council as chairperson.

“My responsibilities are to work within a collective group of diverse individuals towards putting together a celebration to honor Dr. Martin Luther King,” said Jenkins.

“I'm also one of the youngest members on the council, so to an extent, I represent the youth,” Jenkins added.

This year’s theme for the event, which will take place on Monday, January 20, 2020, is “For Our Children”.

According to Jenkins, the theme, "For Our Children" will manifest in a celebration consisting of performances and speakers focused on youth and the future.

Participating in the Governor’s Council fit Jenkins’ aspirations to serve his community and be a leader. After submitting a successful application, he completed a screening process that culminated in his appointment.

“This appointment is giving me first-hand experience in being a leader and serving my community,” said Jenkins.

Written by staff.