WHAT TO DO: The dream lives on
Monday, Jan. 16, Capitol Rotunda, noon; Overture Center, 5 pm
The state’s 37th annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute and ceremony at the Capitol features a talk by Milwaukee businesswoman Valerie Daniels-Carter and gospel music by the Brown Sisters of Chicago and Tremper High School wind ensemble. Madison and Dane County’s observance kicks off with a freedom songs sing-in at the Overture Rotunda and moves to the Capitol Theater at 6 pm with guest speaker Mary Frances Berry, former U.S. Commission on Civil Rights chair, and the MLK Community Choir.
Free community dinner, 4:30-7 pm, 1/13, UW Gordon Dining & Event Center.
Kick-off the King Holiday weekend with fellowship and food at Gordon Commons, 770 W. Dayton Street in downtown Madison. Dinner served buffet style from 4:30 to 7:00 PM. There is NO COST to attend. Dinner will include fried and baked chicken, mac n' cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, sweet potatoe pie, and more.
Performance by Madison Music Makers.
Join us and share a wonderful meal with friends, old and new, in Dr. King's spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood. FREE shuttle bus service provided by Kobussen Buses, Ltd with pickup at the YWCA (departing 5:45 PM) and Grace Episcopal Church (departing 5:55 PM).
33rd ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSON BREAKFAST
January 15, 2017 | 8am-10am (doors open at 7:30am), Edgewood High School, 2219 Monroe St. ADVANCE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT! There may be a limited number of tickets available at the door.
For 32 years, the Urban League has hosted one of the largest family observances of the King Holiday in Wisconsin. The Outstanding Young Person Breakfast, held on Sunday during the King Holiday weekend, attracts more than 900 youth, families, volunteers and community leaders. Middle and high school students are presented with the Outstanding Young Person Award. Students are nominated by schools from all across Dane County based on their academic performance, community service, and extra-curricular participation.
The breakfast is open to the public and is one of the oldest and most well attended family observations of the King Holiday in Dane County. Children, families, elected officials, business leaders, school staff, and community members continue to make this a must attend event!
MLK Jr. Youth Day of Service, 8:30 am-3 pm, 1/16, UW Discovery Building (Free, but RSVP: ulgm.org/YSD2017).
Each year, Americans across the country come together on the King Holiday for “a day ON, not a day OFF,” as part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. Madison has joined in the call! Join us on MLK Day morning to learn how advances in STEAM have beneﬁted humankind and learn about the civil rights movement followed by community service projects in the afternoon.
8:30 AM to Noon: Breakfast, Social Justice & STEAM Career Workshops, STEAM Exploration Stations
Noon to 1:00 PM: Lunch, Featured Speaker
1:15 to 3:00 PM: Community Service Projects (Don’t have your own project? We can help!)
Registration is limited to the ﬁrst 350 youth. Open to any Dane County middle or high school students. There is no cost to participate.
January 16: 37th Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration: WPR is a proud sponsor of the State of Wisconsin's Annual “Tribute & Ceremony” honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday, January 16, 2017 at 12 Noon State Capitol Rotunda.
University of Wisconsin-Madison students, faculty and staff are invited to the 2017 UW-Madison MLK Day Celebration from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Union South. The event will recognize and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. as well as the many ways UW-Madison community members embody King’s spirit of service. The celebration will feature a free lunch, student speakers, conversation, an art project and a food drive.
The event will take place on the 2nd floor of Union South in Varsity Hall with doors opening at 2 p.m. for lunch. The program, featuring UW-Madison student speakers sharing their stories of service and their motivation for service, will begin at 2:30. All participants will then be invited to join in conversations around service and its intersection with diversity.
To cap off the celebration, the Wisconsin Union’s Wheelhouse Studios will lead participants in a creative art project centered around peace, justice and nonviolence. No specific artistic skill is required.
Participants are invited to bring an item to the event to support The Open Seat, a food pantry on campus. The UW-Madison MLK Day Celebration is a collaboration between the Morgridge Center for Public Service, the Center for the First-Year Experience, the Multicultural Student Center and Pathways Student Academic Services. Funding for the celebration is generously provided by the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of the Provost and the School of Education.
The Madison/Dane County King Coalition is pleased to announce that the 32nd Annual City of Madison & Dane County observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday will feature author, educator, and historian Dr. Mary Frances Berry as the keynote speaker.
The City-County Observance will take place on Monday, January 16, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Overture Center for the Arts in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. This year’s observance continues the popular tradition of kicking-off with a “Freedom Songs Sing-in” from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Overture Center. The City-County Observance will then take place beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Overture Center’s Capitol Theater. The Observance will also feature presentation of the Madison-Dane County Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and Deputy Mayor of Madison Gloria Reyes. Rev. Carmen Porco will serve as M.C.
Mary Frances Berry is known for challenging and inspiring people to stand up, stand tall and to never give up the fight. She served over the course of four Presidential administrations as chairperson of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Despite spending a portion of her childhood in an orphanage and attending segregated schools in Nashville, TN, she went on to become the first woman of any race to head a major research university. Dr. Berry was instrumental in raising global awareness and helping to end over 40 years of apartheid. Her most recent book, Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama’s Speeches, from the State House to the White House, offers insight and historical context of President Obama’s most memorable speeches.
The 2017 City-County Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award recipients are: Reverend Dr. Carmen Porco and Reverend Everett Mitchell.
MLK COMMUNITY CHOIR - The MLK Community Choir led by one of Madison’s most noted music directors - Leotha Stanley, will perform at the City-County Observance. Participation in the choir is open to all interested individuals. No registration or audition is required; interested individuals need only attend the two upcoming rehearsals. Rehearsals will be on Tuesday, January 10, at 7:00pm and Saturday, January 14, at11:00 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2019 Fisher St.
The King Coalition was established in the fall of 1985 as a community group to plan the official City of Madison and Dane County observances of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. The Coalition brings people from all walks of life together in the spirit of true brotherhood and sisterhood to commemorate the life and accomplishments of this renowned leader of the civil rights movement. King Coalition events encourage the people of Dane County to reaffirm their commitment to building a just community out of our racial, religious and economic diversity.