Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Events

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. … Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”Martin Luther King, Jr.

How is your family observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Below is a short list of events happening today in Madison. If you know of any other events, please mention them in the comments!

Capitol Rotunda: State Of Wisconsin presents the 31st Annual “Tribute and Ceremony”, Official Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. State Celebration. Noon.

“Heal The World”


Guest Speaker Michelle Alexander – Scholar and Author

“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”

MLK Celebration Choir, Leotha Stanley, Highway To Heaven Big Band

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Children’s Choir, Madison Youth Choirs, Michael Hillestad, Celtic Pipers & The Tribute Honor Guard, Milwaukee’s Latino Arts Strings, Percussionist Jahmes Tony Finlayson, Poet Dasha Kelly, Oneida Dancer Mark Denning and Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin

Governor Scott Walker will present the State Proclamation and Wisconsin’s 2011 MLK Heritage

Awards to Mary Louise Mussoline, Judge Paul Higginbotham, and Ricardo Gonzales

Madison Children’s Museum: Today at 3:00 – Young Speechwriters Workshop. Martin Luther King Jr. told the world about his dream by giving a speech to a crowd in Washington, D.C. In this workshop children 8-12 years old will learn about MLK, practice silly tongue twisters, and write their own speeches about what their dreams are. At the end of the session, children will perform their speeches for their parents, guardians, and grown-ups.

Overture Center Capitol Theater: 26th Annual Madison & Dane County King Holiday Observance 6 pm. Free.

Keynote Speaker: Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Charlayne Hunter-Gault made civil rights history as the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Georgia. She has since earned acclaim in her career as an award-winning journalist both on television and in print. She is known for her work in Johannesburg, South Africa as National Public Radio’s chief correspondent in Africa and later for her work as CNN’s Johannesburg bureau chief. Her awards are numerous, including two Emmys and a Peabody for her work on Apartheid’s People, a NewsHour series on South Africa. She is author of In My Place, a memoir about her experiences at the University of Georgia and is currently working on a first-person memoir detailing the struggle of African Americans in the 1960s.

Other highlights: Madison & Dane County MLK Humanitarian Awards. Call to Action.


One thought on “Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Events

  1. Next year, I would love to see someone organize opportunities in Madison to volunteer with children on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so we can all participate in our national day of service. I have searched in vain for such an event in the last three years.

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