A MILWAUKEE TRADITION FOR MORE THAN 3 DECADES!  

Keeping the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. alive!
THIS IS A FREE EVENT!

The 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration took place on January 17th, 2022. 

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This year's Dr. Martin Luther King Contests focus: "We Must Speak."

The Marcus Performing Arts Center in Milwaukee celebrates Dr. King’s Birthday annually since 1984. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration programming highlights the youth in our community who every year interpret Dr. King’s words through art, speech, and writing contests.


"Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak.  We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate, but we must speak."
 -  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Time to Break Silence
4 April 1967; New York City.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an activist committed to peace, justice, and equality.  Dr. King’s essential thoughts on nonviolence, social policy, integration, black nationalism, the ethics of love and hope, and his many testimonies have resonated over the past 38 years through the voices of our youth.

For the 2021 preliminary contests, educators are asked to familiarize students with Dr. King’s beliefs, words, and actions, focusing on this year’s theme. As students prepare their notable artwork, creative writings and eloquent speeches have them reflect and write about how it relates to themselves or others in their families, schools, neighborhoods, or world.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an activist committed to peace, justice, and equality.
As a visionary leader of the civil rights movement, King fought for racial and economic justice for the oppressed. His driving forces were nonviolence, love, the importance of family and self-respect.

  • Dr King Jr Birthday Celebration at the Marcus Center in Milwaukee
  •  Dr. King Jr Birthday Celebration at the Marcus Center in Milwaukee
  • Dr. King Jr Birthday Celebration at the Marcus Center in Milwaukee
  • Dr. King Jr Birthday Celebration at the Marcus Center in Milwaukee

MULTI-Cultural organizations celebrating and remembering

In addition, various cultural arts organizations demonstrate the excellence of our arts community.

Talent, Talent, Talent

Some of the groups celebrating with us have included United Indians of Milwaukee, Latino Arts Strings, Milwaukee Flyers Tumbling Team, O.N.F.Y.A.H, MPS’ Milwaukee High School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble, Majestic Community Choir and more!

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

THANK YOU CONTEST SPONSORS!

Thank You To Our In-Kind Sponsors!

FIRST STAGE

MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM

MILWAUKEE BREWERS

UNITED HEALTHCARE

THE ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF MILWAUKEE

 

VIDEOS SCHOOL AGE - ELEMENTARY

KEEP MOVING - Martin Luther King, jr

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President

My Daddy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - MLK Day! (Animated) Black History Month Video

I Am Martin Luther King Jr by Brad Meltzer | Books Read Aloud| StoryTime With Ms. Melange

VIDEOS SCHOOL AGE - SECONDARY

Martin Luther King "If I had Sneezed"

If you can't fly then run - I have a dream - Martin Luther King jr

MLK: The Other America

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: Biography for Children, American History for Kids - Free School

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. - April 4, 1967 - Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence [Full Speech]

Steering Committee

Chair:
Janan Najeeb, Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition

Organizing Committee:

Teon Austin, Cardinal Stritch University and Marcus Performing Arts Center Engagement and Education Committee

Ingrid Walker-Henry, Milwaukee Teachers’ Educators Association

Donelle Johnson, Community/Writing Contest

Martha Love, Community

Janan Najeeb, Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition and Marcus Performing Arts Center Board Member

Marcey Patterson, City of Milwaukee

Molly Quirk, Milwaukee Public Schools

Nuntiata Portis-Buck, Milwaukee Public Schools

Karen Ryan, We Energies

Barseana Simond, West Bend School District

Anthony D. Smith , MPAC

Leah Townsend, MPAC

Mallori Taylor, MPAC

Amy Wayd, Milwaukee Public Schools

Jacqueline Zeledon, Milwaukee County Transit System

Thank you for your service!

Prior Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebrations