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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

The only cities that have celebrated Dr. King’s Birthday annually since 1984 are Atlanta, Georgia and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Always taking place in the month of January, this event focuses on keeping the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. alive. The 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, truly demonstrating the excellence of our arts community.  The event concludes with the Paulette Y. Copeland Reception in Bradley Pavilion.


The 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration is on Sunday, January 14th, 2018 at 1:00 pm. The theme for this year is: “Take a Stand for Truth and Justice.”
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How to Participate in the Program

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration is organized by a steering committee of long-time community members, school representatives, corporate leaders, and Marcus Center staff. This community event is free and open to the public. There are no tickets or reservations required to attend this event. Seating in Uihlein Hall is on a first come, first serve basis.


More Information / Funding Opportunities

For more information about the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, or for funding opportunities, please contact Bridgett Gonzalez, Director of Diversity & Community Engagement at 414.273.7121 ext. 211 or


Steering Community


Paul Mathews, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Janan Najeeb, Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition


Event Producer:
Martha Love, Martha Love Association


Organizing Committee:
Teon Austin, Cardinal Stritch University
Mark Barnes, MCPA
George Batayias, MCPA
Marquette Baylor, Aurora Health Care
Nuntiata Buck, MPS
La’Ketta Caldwell, Boys & Girls Club
Faithe Colas, Salvation Army
Faye Collins, MCPA
Bridgett Gonzalez, MCPA
Donelle Johnson, Community Volunteer/Writing Contest Founder
Deb Jolitz, MPS
Molly Quirk, MPS
Karen Ryan, We Energies
Molly Sommerhalder, MCPA
Sally Witte, City of Milwaukee
Jacqueline Zeledon, Milwaukee County Transit System
Melissa Zombor, MTEA


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