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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.  Some of the groups celebrating with us this year include United Indians of Milwaukee, Riverside University H.S. Swing Choir, Hip Hop Cellist— Malik Johnson, Hmong American Peace Academy, Milwaukee H.S. of the Arts student and Jazz singer— Kaprice Maxwell, the Milwaukee Flyers Tumbling Team, and more! 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 18, 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 bgonzalez@marcuscenter.org.

 

Steering Community

 

Chairs:
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
Elaine Nap, MCPA
Molly Quirk, MPS
Karen Ryan, We Energies
Molly Sommerhalder, MCPA
Danielle Steinhart, MCPA
Sally Witte, City of Milwaukee
Jacqueline Zeledon, Milwaukee County Transit System
Melissa Zombor, MTEA

 

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Cantos de las Americas - A Tribute to Education

Cantos de las Americas is an annual concert celebration, which honors the varied cultures that are represented by the students of Milwaukee Public Schools. Historically, the concert features students performing songs and dances from the Caribbean, Africa, Latina America and Europe, in addition to the Hmong, Laotian and Native American cultures.

 

This celebration will take you on a magical journey in which many of the world’s cultures harmoniously converge to the laughter, pride and joy of performing students. Several teachers, parents and school administrators work tirelessly to meticulously choreograph and practice these performances.

 

How to Participate in the Program

Cantos de las Americas is free and open to the public. Seating in Uihlein Hall is on a first come, first serve basis. Schools that participate in this program have registered with the Cantos de las Americas Planning Committee and their respective school leaders.

 

More Information / Funding Opportunities

For more information about Cantos de las Americas – A Tribute to Education, or for funding opportunities, please contact Bridgett Gonzalez, Director of Diversity & Community Engagement at 414.273.7121 ext. 211 or bgonzalez@marcuscenter.org.

 

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