The Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast committee is pleased to recognize outstanding
community leaders who represent Dr. King’s vision and legacy: a testament that a
dream is a growing reality.
Interested in nominating someone to receive a Local Legend award? Click
here to learn more.
The Emerging Legend is an award inaugurated to honor youth that are serving with
distinction in our community. It is designed to honor a youth (21 and under) for
his or her volunteer efforts in the Twin Cities. This Emerging Legend is on his
or her way to becoming a Local Legend of tomorrow. View the Emerging Legend nomination
form here for more information.
We extend an invitation to you to nominate a deserving youth.
2013 Local Legend Recipients
There have been many exceptional community leaders who have been honored with Local
Legend awards over the past ten years.
Click here for a
list of award recipients.
Local Legend - John Turnipseed
John Turnipseed takes education and mentoring to a personal level. In his 15 years as the Director of the Center for Fathering at Urban Ventures, John has motivated and inspired hundreds of men and women to take steps toward a life of success and stability.
John’s passion for his work comes through personal experience. He grew up in the same Minneapolis neighborhood that he now serves witnessing a cycle of violence, imprisonment and lack of education. This experience made him determined to spark change for future generations.
At Urban Ventures, John teaches mothers and fathers how to be a positive force in the life of their children. Under his charismatic leadership, the Center for Fathering has expanded its work to include marriage and relationship classes and an employment program. He goes beyond the walls of his office … helping families move into new housing and visiting men in prison.
Local Legend - Warren Bowles
Warren Bowles is a veteran actor who has used his talents and passion to educate hundreds of thousands with his accurate portrayals of African American figures – including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Paul Robeson, Jackie Robinson, and Dr. Ron McNair.
Through his decades-long career in the Twin Cities Black Theater movement and the Mixed Blood Theater, he has shown the possibilities of live theater as a vehicle for change, a voice of the unheard and as a valuable form of art, education and entertainment.
Each January and February, Warren travels the Upper Midwest to perform and help educators celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and Black History Month.
Since 1980, he has performed his one-man show about Martin Luther King Jr., entitled “Dr. King’s Dream,” more than 1,400 times.
Warren has taught at colleges and universities, and has conducted seminars and residencies at schools and colleges throughout Minnesota.
Local Legend – Eric Mahmoud
Eric Mahmoud clearly understands the fierce urgency of quality education in our community.
His journey began in 1985 when Eric & wife Ella founded SEED Daycare. This childcare program emphasized African American children’s culture through daily rituals, stories, and activities for children and has reached more than 750 children.
In 1992 Eric established Harvest Preparatory Academy for grades K-6th -- which has grown from 24 students to more than 400 today.
In 2008, Eric founded the Best Academy (Boys in Engineering, Science and Technology) to address the academic challenges facing African American boys in Minneapolis. This program has expanded with Best East and SISTER Academy.
Harvest Prep & Best Academy have become some of the top schools in the state of Minnesota in closing the academic achievement gap. The schools consistently report scores on standardized state tests that are at or near the top of the state's high-poverty schools.
Not content with his own past success, he actively seeks opportunities to share his expertise and to engage others in exploring methods to increase effectiveness of schools and to address the achievement gap.