Keeping the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. alive!

 

MLK Birthday Celebration at the Marcus Center in Milwaukee

A Milwaukee Tradition for more than 3 decades!

Celebrating 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.

2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Celebration – Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 1pm

How to Participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 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.

More Information and Funding Opportunities

For more information about the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, or for funding opportunities, please contact Anthony D. Smith – Director of Community Engagement and Inclusion at 414.273.7121 or email A Smith.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Teacher of the Year Award

The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is proud to recognize teachers who have continuously championed and encouraged their students to participate in the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Contests throughout the years.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art Contest
Martin Luther King Jr Art Contest 2020 Marcus Center

Eligibility/Guidelines
The contest is open to students in grades K-12 who live in the city of Milwaukee, Wauwatosa or West Bend or are enrolled in a school, either public or private, within the city of Milwaukee, Wauwatosa or West Bend.

Entries in the art contest should depict this year’s theme: “Keep Moving Forward.” Original student artwork may depict community or individual scenes that convey the fellowship, social comment and equality of Dr. King’s vision. Copies of existing pictures are not eligible for prizes.

  • Artwork must be matted or mounted on construction paper or tag board. No loose or stapled artwork accepted.
  • Size must be 12” x 18” or 18” x 24” finished mounted or matted size.
  • Any 2-D medium can be used, including digital art, pen, pencil, crayon, Cray-Pas, markers, paint, colored chalk and mixed media.

Categories

  • Students are grouped by grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12.
  • Participants must live in the city of Milwaukee, Wauwatosa or West Bend or be enrolled in a school, either public or private, within the city of Milwaukee, Wauwatosa or West Bend.
  • Artwork must be approved and submitted by the student’s instructor.

Judging Judges will be a panel of community representatives. Winners will be notified by phone, along with a letter sent to the school principal.
 
Recognition First-second-and third-place winners from each age group will be recognized during Milwaukee’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 1pm, at the Marcus Performing Arts Center’s virtual event.
 
Entry Delivery Information Instructors are asked to conduct a preliminary screening of student artwork and submit only the three best art pieces from each classroom for final judging.
 
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art Contest is generously sponsored by the Marcus Performing Arts Center

Deadline
Photo or digital copy of artwork must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20, 2020 HERE.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speech Contest
MLK Speech Contest at the Marcus Center in Milwaukee

 

We Energies is proud to continue our decades-long sponsorship of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech contest. Join us again this year to celebrate extraordinary student achievement in our community.

GOAL
Strengthen students’ reading, writing and public speaking skills while encouraging them to learn about and support the dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

GUIDELINES

  • Open to K-12 students.
  • Speeches must be written and delivered by students.
  • Length: Four minutes maximum
  • Grade categories: K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12.
  • Submit application online by Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 at 5 p.m.
  • Applications require principal approval.
  • Schools may send only one student per grade category to Dec. 8 preliminaries.
  • Schools may conduct competitions to select a representative for each grade category.

KEY DATES

  • Online application deadline: Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 at 5 p.m.
  • Virtual preliminaries: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 Sponsored by Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Virtual finals: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020 Sponsored by We Energies
  • Milwaukee King Celebration: Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 at 1pm at the  Marcus Center for the Performing Arts - 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee

First-place winners from each grade category at the finals deliver their speeches at the celebration.

Download SPEECH CONTEST RULES as a PDF

 Application and contest rules can be found at:
www.we-energies.com/educators

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Contest
MLK Writing Contest at the Marcus Center in Milwaukee

"Keep Moving Forward"

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.

This year’s theme is “Keep Moving Forward,” from Dr. King’s address, “Keep Moving the Mountain” given at Spelman College on April 10, 1960.

“Keep moving, for it may well be that the greatest song has not yet been sung, the greatest book has not yet been written, the highest mountain has not been climbed. This is your challenge! Reach out and grab it and make it a part of your life...we must keep moving. If you can’t fly, then run; if you can’t run, then walk; if you can’t walk, then crawl; but by all means keep moving... whatever you do you have to Keep Moving Forward.

Students can reflect on these words and how they relate to themselves or others in their families, schools, neighborhoods or world.

Eligibility/Categories
The writing contest is open to students in grades K-12 who live in the city of Milwaukee, Wauwatosa or West Bend or are enrolled in a school, either public or private, within the city of Milwaukee, Wauwatosa or West Bend.

There are seven grade level categories:

  • K-1: group project only (no individual essays), reflecting children’s work and ideas
  • Grades 2-3: individual entries, maximum length 250 words
  • Grades 4-5: individual entries, maximum length 350 words
  • Grade 6: individual entries, maximum length 400 words
  • Grades 7-8: individual entries, maximum length 450 words
  • Grades 9-10: individual entries, maximum length 500 words
  • Grades 11-12: individual entries, maximum length 550 words

Entries must stay within word limitations for their grade level, otherwise the essay will be disqualified.

Judging
The entries will be judged on a point system, with the following criteria considered:

  • Entries must address the theme.
  • Entries should relate the student’s own personal ideas, work and experiences to the topic and show an understanding of Dr. King’s ideals.
  • Entries must not be a biographical sketch of Dr. King.
  • Entries will be judged on the basis of clearly expressed, creative ideas and ability level. In judging entries, emphasis will be placed on clarity, creativity, and originality. Correct usage of basic grammar and writing skills will also be considered.

Teachers are encouraged to help students understand the historical context of Dr. King’s words and actions, see the relevance of these words and actions in their world today, and become familiar with Dr. King’s life and values. We recommend utilizing the resources of MPS school libraries and the Milwaukee Public Libraries.

Prizes/Recognition
First, second, and third place writing contest winners will receive an engraved plaque and a prize valued up to $100.

Entry Delivery Information
All entries must be submitted to THIS LINK by 5pm on Monday, November 16, 2020. Entries submitted after 5pm will not be considered for prizes.

Download WRITING CONTEST RULES as a PDF

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Contest is generously sponsored by MTEA

Questions/Concerns
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Donelle Johnson, Contest Coordinator, at 414-445-5635, donellejohnson@aol.com, or the MTEA at 414-259-1990.

Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association
5130 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53208
Phone: 414-259-1990 Fax: 414-259-7801

www.mtea.org
Milwaukee Teachers’
Education Association

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sponsorship Opportunites 2021

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES OVERVIEW
37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration
January 17th, 2021

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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.

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!

The event concludes with the Paulette Y. Copeland Reception in the Atrium.

Steering Community

Chairs:
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
Nuntiata Buck, MPS
Faye Collins, MCPA
Willie Garrison, Wauwatosa School District
Donelle Johnson, Community Volunteer/Writing Contest Founder
John Knudson, MTEA
Karen Ryan, We Energies
Barseana Simond, West Bend School District
Anthony Smith, MCPA
Molly Sommerhalder, MCPA
Mallori Taylor, MCPA
Amy Wayd, MPS
Sally Witte, City of Milwaukee
Jacqueline Zeledon, Milwaukee County Transit System

 

Thank you for your service!

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!