MINNEAPOLIS -- A Prince block party will take place at Sabathani Community Center on Saturday.

Before the nonprofit organization took over the building in 1979, it was the site of Bryant Junior High School where Prince attended. Since Prince's death last week, people have been visiting the building in South Minneapolis.

"They said, 'We went to school here and we want to walk around the building,'" explained Cindy Booker, executive director of Sabathani Community Center.

She went on to say, "People are coming back now to their roots. Coming back home."

The Facebook event to Saturday's block party already shows more than 14,000 people are interested in attending; more than 3,400 people say they will be there.

"I'm just amazed. And so we're scrambling. Trying to make sure that the music is on point..." said LaDonna Redmond who called Booker about the idea on Friday.

Saturday's block party is located at 310 E. 38th Street in Minneapolis. It runs from 1-6 p.m. The event is free. (Credit: Phill Duff/KARE 11)
Saturday's block party is located at 310 E. 38th Street in Minneapolis. It runs from 1-6 p.m. The event is free. (Credit: Phill Duff/KARE 11)

The block party will feature performances by musicians inspired by Prince. A stage will be set up at the center's soccer field. KMOJ's Q Bear and Shed G will MC the celebration. Ray Seville will DJ. With the potential of thousands of people attending the party, there will also be activities inside the community center.

The parking lot will hold a kids' festival with face painting, magicians and balloons. While there have been many celebrations since Thursday, Redmond noticed they were not focused on the community's youth.

"I thought about that next person, that next young person who might need to be inspired to live their dreams like Prince lived his. And so that's the idea... is that we create a community celebration around Prince's music to inspire the next generation of artists," Redmond said.

Kids will have a chance to visit some of the rooms inside Sabathani Community Center, including one that shows African-American leaders who were "Sabathani Raised."

"They see the various pictures in this room, they always ask, 'Are people in the community, from this community, are they still a part of Sabathani?' And the answer to that is yes," Booker said.

Prince's picture hangs on one of the walls.

A yearbook photo of Prince from high school. (Credit: KARE 11)
A yearbook photo of Prince from high school. (Credit: KARE 11)

"Prince was also very involved in various activities here. We had a DJ program that he was very instrumental in. One of our studios rooms... he was very instrumental in letting us having that open to the community," Booker said.

Saturday's block party is located at 310 E. 38th Street in Minneapolis. It runs from 1-6 p.m. The event is free.

Parking will be limited so organizers encourage people to use public transportation, bike or carpool. They are working on some other parking options.

Volunteers are needed; organizers are also still looking for artists to participate in the celebration.
Donations, like water and fruit snacks, are also appreciated. If you would like to help, contact Cindy Booker.