MLK Day Events
The 30th Annual Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration programming highlights the youth in
our community who every year interpret Dr. King’s words through an art, speech
and writing contest. In addition, various cultural arts organizations take
center stage in Uihlein Hall. The event concludes with the Paulette Y. Copeland
Reception in Bradley Pavilion. The keynote speaker will be Joan M. Prince,
Ambassador Emeritus and Alternate Representative to the 67th General Assembly
of the United Nations and Vice Chancellor of UW-Milwaukee. In honor of the
celebration’s 30th anniversary, MPS 1994-95 youth scholarship winner, Milwaukee
Ald. Milele A Coggs will also speak as a King Honoree. The event will be held
at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, in Uihein Hall, the Marcus Center for the
Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St. For more information, go to the Marcus
Bel Canto Chorus,
Holy Redeemer Choir and Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra are pleased to announce "The Dream Lives On: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, at Holy Redeemer
Institutional Church of God in Christ, 3500 West Mother Daniels Way (35th and
Hampton). Musical performances by Bel Canto Chorus, Holy Redeemer Choir, and
Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra include; Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony No. 110-a,
Holland’s “Lord Make Me an Instrument,” and “Alleluia” by Randall Thompson. The
program will also feature historic words from Dr. King's “Letters from a
Birmingham Jail,” Robert Kennedy’s “Speech Announcing King’s Assassination” and
King's “I Still Have a Dream” speech. This is a free concert open to the
public; no tickets are needed. For more information, go to belcanto.org.
The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Program and March will be held on Monday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1927 N. 4th St. The commemorative program will be followed at 2:30 p.m. by a three-block march to Dr. King’s statue on MLK Drive, just north of Walnut Street, where there will be an open microphone to reflect on King’s work. The event will focus on the message of Dr. King toward the end of his life when he strongly confronted not only racism, but also poverty, militarism and economic injustice. The program will honor Milwaukee worker’s justice movement, Dr. Jay Larkey and MacCanon Brown. Performers include singers Dorothy Jackson, Fred Reed and Milwaukee actor Andre Lee Ellis. Featured will be a play reading on King’s assassination.
The event is sponsored by the Milwaukee Justice Coalition. The coalition has come together annually for this event for the past 12 years and includes grassroots groups working on issues of poverty, homelessness, economic justice and peace.
This year’s coalition
includes St. Francis Church, Peace Action Wisconsin, Casa Maria Catholic
Worker, Veterans for Peace, Welfare Warriors, Greater Milwaukee Green Party,
Injured Workers Center, Greater Milwaukee Human Rights Network, Voces de la
Frontera, Benedict Center, Summer of Peace, Milwaukee Branch Women’s
International League for Peace and Freedom, Progressive Democrats of America in
Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, Marquette University Center
for Peacemaking and the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative.
Conference of the United Methodist Church will hold a celebration in honor of
King at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, at Albright United Methodist Church, 5555 W.
Capitol Drive. Bishop Julius Trimble of the Iowa Annual Conference will be a
guest preacher at this worship service focused on celebrating Dr. King’s life
and how his vision is being lived out. Music will be provided by members of the
Marquette University Gospel Choir and a combined choir of Milwaukee-area United
Methodist Churches. In addition, an offering will be taken for the Rising Sun
Camp, a Wisconsin UMC-sponsored summer camp that serves school-age children who
have incarcerated parents. Go to www.wisconsinumc.org
for more information.