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 Bear Clan Singers and Dancers, MYSO Calypso Steel Band, Ajagun Arts Traditional West African Drum & Dance, Latino Arts Mariachi Juvenile, Milwaukee Chinese Youth Orchestra, and more! The event concludes with the Paulette Y. Copeland Reception in Bradley Pavilion.
Dr. Joan M. Prince - Ambassador Emeritus and Alternate Representative to the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations; Vice Chancellor - The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
In honor of the 30th Anniversary MPS 1994-95 youth scholarship winner, Milele A Coggs, will also speak as a King Honoree.