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34th Annual Dr Martin Luther King Jr Birthday Celebration

34th 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 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 and more! The event concludes with the Paulette Y. Copeland Reception in Bradley Pavilion.

The theme for this year is: “Take a Stand for Truth and Justice.”

More event information

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speech Contest

Sponsored by We Energies

Deadline: Entries must be sent online only by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Contest

Sponsored by Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association & Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Deadline: Entries must be sent online only by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.

Submission must be delivered to the following locations: The children's’ librarian at any Milwaukee Public Library or The MTEA Building, 5130 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee 53208

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art Contest

Sponsored by Brewers Community Foundation & Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Deadline: Entries must be sent online only by 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

Artwork must only be submitted to: Milwaukee Public Schools, Central Services 5225 W. Vliet St., Art/Music Office Room 261, Milwaukee, WI 53208

Learn more.






This show's performances are over.
Free Event

Uihlein Hall

Jan 14, 2018

Wheelchair Assistance
Wheelchair Assistance
Bus Routes
Sponsors
MLK Teacher of the Year Award

Bus Routes to the Marcus Center


Route 57 (Walnut-N.92nd)


GreenLine (Bayshore-Airport)


Route 49 (Bayshore-Brown Deer)


Attendees can find which routes connect to these by using Google Trip Planner on the home page of RideMCTS.com.?

Forest County Potawatomi Foundation
Forest County Potawatomi Foundation

Presenting Sponsor

BMO Harris Bank

Legacy Sponsor

MPS
Milwaukee Public Schools

Legacy Sponsor

Aurora Healthcare
Aurora Healthcare

Freedom Sponsor

Islamic Society of Milwaukee
Islamic Society of Milwaukee

Freedom Sponsor

Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls

Peace Sponsor

Landmark Credit Union

Peace Sponsor

MPS Foundation
Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Inc.

Peace Sponsor

Milwaukee Bucks

Peace Sponsor

Educator’s Credit Union

Peace Sponsor

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Paulette Y. Copeland Reception Sponsor & Art Contest Sponsor

Brewers Community Foundation
Brewers Community Foundation

Art Contest Sponsor

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Writing Contest Sponsor

Milwaukee Teachers Education Association
Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association

Writing Contest Sponsor

WE Energies
We Energies

Speech Contest Sponsor

First Stage
First Stage

Student Award Sponsors

Milwaukee Art Museum

Student Award Sponsors

Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers

Student Award Sponsor

Milwaukee Bucks

Student Award Sponsors

Zoological Society of Milwaukee
Zoological Society of Milwaukee

Student Award Sponsors

Ms Desire Tyler Mps Trowbridge Street School


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.



The 2018 Teacher of the Year is:

Ms. Desire Tyler
MPS’ Trowbridge Street School

 

Currently a 3rd Grade teacher at Trowbridge Street School on Milwaukee’s South Side, this teacher has been a Milwaukee Public Schools' educator since 1987. During this time she has diligently worked with students teaching about the life and beliefs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ms. Tyler has enrolled students in different city-wide King contests throughout the years. Students under her guidance have been award winners at least seven times.


Ms. Tyler was surprised in her classroom and presented with a commemorative Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Birthday Celebration Plaque, an IPAD, tickets to a Broadway Show at the Marcus Center and a bouquet of flowers.


Past Teacher of the Year Award recipients include the following:

2014 Katherine Katter, Milwaukee High School of the Arts

2015 Whitney Gulbronson, Riverside University High School

2016 Constance Michaud, Fairview Elementary School

2017 Kris Gerke Komes, Riley Elementary School


The 2018 Teacher of the Year Award is proudly sponsored by the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Thank You Sponsors