MLK Day Human Rights Celebration

The Chaska Martin Luther King Jr. Day Human Rights Celebration is back in person for 2022!

  • Date: Monday, January 17, 2022
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Location: Chaska Event Center
  • Details: The event is free, and all are welcome to attend! Complimentary pastries, coffee, and water will be served.
This year, we are thrilled to have Jonathan Palmer as our keynote speaker. 

Jonathan is the Executive Director for Hallie Q. Brown Community Center (HQB), a 93-year-old African American nonprofit social service agency in St. Paul. Through his work at HQB and beyond, Jonathan has a wealth of experience in community-based activism, leadership, and volunteer work. A few years ago, Jonathan joined us to lead some discussions during our community series on the PBS documentary Race: The Power of an Illusion.

We will also have performances from local musicians, selections of Martin Luther King, Jr. speeches read by members of the Chaska High School Speech Team, and the presentation of the 2021 Chaska Human Rights Award to His House and Girl Scout Troop 15554.

Because COVID-19 is still a part of our lives, the Chaska Human Rights Commission and the City of Chaska would like to encourage attendees to wear masks when inside the Event Center based on public health guidelines to wear masks at indoor events.

Special thanks to the Chaska Parks and Recreation Department, Dunn Brothers, El Paisano, the Chaska High School Speech Team, La Academia for making this great community event possible.


If you can't make it in person, you can catch the broadcast on Comcast channel 14 or the Chaska Community Television YouTube channel

Martin Luther King Jr waving to crowd at Washington Monument, dream