FINAL REMINDER - King Holiday Observance Tonight - Keynote Speech Topic Announced
Friends, a final reminder that the 26th Annual Madison & Dane County Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance will take place tonight, Monday, January 17 at the Overture Center Capital Theater. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the program is scheduled to run from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. No cost or pre-registration is required.
In addition to the annual Madison & Dane County Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award presentation and the always rousing MLK Community Choir, the Observance will feature a keynote speech by civil rights history maker and award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Her keynote speech is titled “From Closed Doors to Open Roads: A Journalist's Journey.” Ms. Hunter-Gault will describe how she grew up in a segregated society and what enabled her to successfully challenge the decades-old Southern laws that were created to keep her and all black people "in their place." She goes on to trace fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming "Brenda Starr" to being Brenda and beyond and - some years after her successful career in magazines, newspapers, and television - departing to South Africa to chronicle the familiar yet unique end of segregation there. And finally, she will describe why she is still out there, attempting to bring "new news" to people the world over, through all the media she has mastered - including print, radio, television and the blogosphere.
Charlayne Hunter-Gault made civil rights history as the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Georgia. She has since earned acclaim in her career as an award-winning journalist both on television and in print. She is known for her work in Johannesburg, South Africa as National Public Radio’s chief correspondent in Africa and later for her work as CNN’s Johannesburg bureau chief. Her awards are numerous, including two Emmys and a Peabody for her work on Apartheid’s People, a NewsHour series on South Africa. She is author of In My Place, a memoir about her experiences at the University of Georgia and is currently working on a first-person memoir detailing the struggle of African Americans in the 1960s.
Also, for those that may have missed it, Ms. Hunter-Gault was a guest on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Joy Cardin Show at 6:00 a.m. this morning. You can stream or find a downloadable podcast of the show here: http://www.wpr.org/webcasting/audioarchives_display.cfm?Code=jca
The event is organized by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition.
Leadership sponsors: Dean & St. Mary's, Housing Ministries of American Baptists
Additional financial support by: American Family Insurance, Alliant Energy, City of Madison, Concourse Hotel, CUNA Mutual Group, Dane County, Dane County Credit Union, Gramling & Associates, Capital City Hues, Madison Gas & Electric, UW-Madison Office of the Chancellor, Realtors Association of South Central Wisconsin, Wegner CPAs, Woodman's Markets