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30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

30th Annual 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 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.

Keynote Speaker

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.

This show's performances are over.

Uihlein Hall

Jan 19, 2014

Wheelchair Assistance
Wheelchair Assistance
Students and their families talk about their participation in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speech Contest, sponsored by We Energies for 30 years.
"MHSA teacher honored for support of Martin Luther King Jr. celebration" -

"Devoted MPS teacher awarded for long-standing support of Dr. King celebration program" - MPS News

Lashawanda Anderson, winner in the 11th-12th Grade Speech Writing Category interviewed Milwaukee Public Television's Black Nouveau - Watch Interview

"MLK Day Events" - Shepherd Express

"Theme announced for 30th annual MLK birthday celebration" -
Legacy Sponsor
Writing Contest Sponsor Mtea
Student Award Sponsor First Stage
Student Award Sponsor - Milwaukee Public Museum
Student Award Sponsor - Milwaukee Art Museum
Forest County Potawatomi Foundation - Presenting Sponsor

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts - Host Sponsor

Milwaukee Public Schools - Living the Dream Sponsor

Johnson Controls - Peace Sponsor
Islamic Society of Milwaukee - Freedom Sponsor

Landmark Credit Union - Peace Sponsor
We Energies - Speech Contest Sponsor

McDonald's - Art Contest Sponsor

Milwaukee Bucks - Student Award Sponsor
Milwaukee Zoological Society - Student Award Sponsor

Thank You Sponsors