Eric Holder

Eric Holder

Former attorney general under president Barack Obama, Eric Holder, will keynote the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast.

One of the largest celebrations honoring the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the breakfast, which takes place at 7 a.m., Jan. 20 at the Armory, 500 S. 6th St., Minneapolis, will also feature music by gospel star Jovonta Patton.

The announcement of Holder as keynote comes amid speculation he may enter the 2020 Democratic race for president.

Holder, who served as the nation’s attorney general from 2009-2015 and is the first Black to serve as attorney general, is currently the chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. In March he ruled out a run for the presidency, but his name reentered the fray earlier this month when Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Eugene Robinson said he had credible sources saying Holder was again exploring a run.

The breakfast has in the past featured several prominent world figures as keynotes. They include Sen. Cory Booker – a current Democratic presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Duval Patrick, attorney and Bill Clinton operative, Vernon Jordan, journalist Don Lemon, the actor who portrayed King in the movie “Selma,” David Oyelowo, civil rights icon Myrlie Evers-Williams and political strategist and commentator Donna Brazile.

With more the 2,000 attendees annually, the beneficiary of the breakfast are area students. The celebration supports the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), which provides scholarships to young learners to both historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and predominately white institutions. Tickets for the Jan. 20 event are $25 of an individual seat (no table, light breakfast) and $50 for a table-seated breakfast. Tickets are available online at

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