“Moving Forward: Remember… Celebrate… Act!”
Contact: Gloria Hawkins
Phone: (608) 335-8339
Contact: Edward Lee
Phone: (608) 213-7907
Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 3, 2013
28th Annual City of Madison & Dane County Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance
“Moving Forward: Remember… Celebrate… Act!”
2013 King Holiday weekend to feature a Free Community Dinner, Youth Service Day at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, performance by the UW’s First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community, the MLK Community Choir directed by Leotha Stanley, and more.
The Madison/Dane County King Coalition is pleased to announce that the official City of Madison & Dane County observance of the 2013 King Holiday will feature Reverend Everett Mitchell of Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church as this year’s Master of Ceremonies along with a performance by The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community.
The observance will serve as the capstone to a series of events commemorating the King Holiday that begin on the preceding Friday with a free community dinner. It will take place on Monday, January 21, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Overture Center for the Arts, a stunning architectural landmark located in the heart of Madison’s thriving cultural arts district. This year’s observance will bring back a special tradition as it kicks-off with a Freedom Songs Sing-in from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Overture Center. The City-County Observance will then take place beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Overture Center’s Capitol Theater.
With a commanding and captivating stage presence, Rev. Everett Mitchell has established himself as a young, emerging leader even beyond the pulpit. As a member of several community service groups like 100 Black Men of Madison, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Dane County and the United Way of Dane County, Mitchell strives to make meaningful connections with community members and have a positive influence on younger generations. Outside of his duties as a pastor, he is the community relations director at UW-Madison where he utilizes the components of strategic development and community engagement to foster relationships between UW-Madison and other businesses, organizations and stakeholders throughout Wisconsin.
UW’s First Wave will provide a spoken-word performance created just for this occasion. First Wave is a cutting-edge multicultural artistic program for students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It is the first university program in the country that is centered on urban arts, spoken word and hip hop culture. Bringing together young artists and leaders from across the U.S and beyond, the First Wave Learning Community offers students the opportunity to live, study and create together in a close-knit, dynamic campus community.
King Coalition Co-Chair Dr. Gloria Hawkins explains that “The Coalition is deviating from its normal practice of featuring a national figure from the Civil Rights Movement this year in order to shine a spotlight on the work that a new generation is doing to remember, celebrate, and act in furtherance of Dr. King’s vision. Rev. Mitchell and First Wave both exemplify King’s work and their involvement is particularly special in light of the role that their generation played in re-electing the nation’s first black president. ”
In addition to Mitchell and First Wave, the observance will also feature presentation of the City & County King Humanitarian awards by Mayor Paul Soglin and County Executive Joe Paris, a call to action, and the MLK Community Choir.
THE MLK COMMUNITY CHOIR is led by one of Madison’s noted music directors Leotha Stanley with the assistance of two accomplished musicians -- his wife, Tamera Stanley and daughter, Letrice Stanley. Participation in the choir is open to all interested individuals. No registration or audition is required; interested individuals need only attend the two upcoming rehearsals at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2019 Fisher Street. These will take place on Tuesday, January 15, at 7:00pm and Saturday, January 19, at 11:00 a.m.
FREE COMMUNITY DINNER: The community is also invited to attend the King Coalition’s 26th Annual Free Community Dinner, 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., on Friday, January 18th at the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s New Gordon Commons, 770 W. Dayton St., 2nd Floor. Enjoy a wonderful meal with friends, old and new, in Dr. King’s spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood for community and peace. Free shuttle bus service to and from the dinner will be provided by Kobussen Buses Ltd. Pickups are scheduled at the YWCA, 101 E Mifflin Street (departing at 5:45 p.m.) and Grace Episcopal Church, 116 W. Washington Ave. (departing at 5:55 p.m.).
YOUTH SERVICE DAY 2013: Dr. King once said, “Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. In Madison, 300 middle and high school students are expected at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery where they will learn how science and service can intersect. The event is open to any Dane County middle or high school students and there is no cost to participate. However, registration is limited to the first 300 youth. Adult volunteers are also needed. Register and find more information online: www.ulgm.org/YSD2013.
Leadership sponsors of the King Coalition include St. Mary's Hospital and Housing Ministries of American Baptists. Additional financial support is provided by American Family Insurance, Alliant Energy, City of Madison, CUNA Mutual Group, Dane County, Gramling & Associates, Capital City Hues, Madison Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Madison Gas & Electric, UW-Madison Office of the Chancellor, Realtors Association of South Central Wisconsin, Wegner CPAs, and Woodman's Markets.
The King Coalition was established in the fall of 1985 as a community group to plan the official City of Madison and Dane County observances of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. The Coalition brings people from all walks of life together in the spirit of true brotherhood and sisterhood to commemorate the life and accomplishments of this renowned leader of the civil rights movement. King Coalition events encourage the people of Dane County to reaffirm their commitment to building a just community out of our racial, religious and economic diversity.
In addition to King Coalition sponsored events, other activities commemorating the King Holiday include:
Saturday, January 19I Have a Dream Scholarship Ball: Sponsored by Women In Focus, the Ball raises money to provide college scholarships to deserving students. The festive evening will be held at the Monona Terrace, beginning at 6 p.m. Visit www.womeninfocus.net for more info.
Sunday, January 20, The 29th Annual Urban League Youth Recognition Breakfast, 7:45 a.m., Edgewood High School, 2219 Monroe Street. Students will be recognized for their outstanding academic accomplishments and community services. High school seniors will be awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. College Scholarships. The Madison Metropolitan School District will announce the 2010 Mann Scholars. Tickets are available for $10 online at www.ulgm.org or by calling (608) 729-1200.
Sunday, January 20, 4:00 p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Ecumenical Church Service: Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2019 Fisher Street, Madison.
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