Dayton calls for honoring King by reaching out

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says inequality persists in society and he’s calling on individuals to change that.

Dayton spoke at a forum at the Minnesota History Center marking the Martin Luther King holiday. He told the crowd of about 800 they can choose a path of reaching out to the disadvantaged, or they can turn away in silence. He said they can stand up against injustice, violence and hatred, or they can turn away with indifference.

Minnesota Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/1beDc2F ) the keynote speaker was U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who renewed his call for an increase in the minimum wage. He said King fought against low wages.

Political strategist Donna Brazile paid tribute to Minnesota’s role in the civil rights struggle at the annual holiday breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org

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