The 36th Annual Madison & Dane County MLK Day Observance featuring keynote speaker Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. will be streaming live right here TODAY at 5:45 PM. Read on for more info and other options to access the event.

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Click the ‘DONATE’ button above or TEXT 33777 with keyword “MLK2021” to get a link to your mobile phone.

Your donation tonight will help to fund this service and other MLK Day observances. We will also be directly half of all proceeds to the following three organizations that are providing critical services in response to calls for racial justice, relief from the pandemic and economic crisis, and ongoing access to community resources for basic needs.

Our Sponsors

DIAMOND SPONSORS

PLATINUM SPONSORS

GOLD SPONSORS

SILVER SPONSORS

MEDIA SPONSORS

BRONZE SPONSORS

BETH ISRAEL CENTER
CAPITAL CITY HUES
CONGREGATION SHAAREI SHAMAYIM
FINDORFF
GRAMLING AND ASSOCIATES

JEWISH FEDERATION OF MADISON
TEMPLE BETH EL
UW HEALTH
WEGNER CPA’S

OTHER SUPPORTERS

DELTA SIGMA THETA, MADISON ALUMNAE CHAPTER
KING COALITION MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
LEOTHA AND TAMARA STANLEY

MICHELE GUYETTE (ASL INTERPRETER)
MARTIN LUTHER KING COMMUNITY CHOIR
URBAN LEAGUE OF GREATER MADISON

View the 2021 MLK Ecumenical Service which premiered on January 17, 2021

Thank you to First Unitarian Society for their in-kind production of the service!

To get a mobile donation link sent to your phone, TEXT “33777” with the keyword “MLKEcumenical”

Your donation will help to fund this service and other MLK Day observances. We will also be directly half of all proceeds to the following three organizations that are providing critical services in response to calls for racial justice, relief from the pandemic and economic crisis, and ongoing access to community resources for basic needs.

Latino Consortium for Action Emergency Relief Fund
Urban Triage
United Way 211

About Us

The King Coalition was established in the fall of 1985 as a community group to plan the official City of Madison and Dane County observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The planning of this holiday celebration takes on special significance as people from all walks of life gather in the spirit of true brotherhood and sisterhood to commemorate the life and accomplishments of this renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement. The Coalition consists of representatives from religious communities, organized labor, the UW-Madison, public schools, peace groups, service organizations, and city and county government. Other individuals have joined because of their personal commitment to equal rights and justice for all people.

Monday, January 18, 2021 – Official Madison/Dane County MLK Day Observance

The 36th annual Madison-Dane County MLK Day Observance will take place virtually on Monday, January 18, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. This annual observance includes presentation of the MLK Humanitarian Award by City of Madison Mayor, Satya Rhodes-Conway and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. Noted musician Leotha Stanley will again lead the MLK Community Choir. The MC for this year’s observance will be Angela Fitzgerald, host of Wisconsin Life on Wisconsin Public Television and the keynote speaker will be NY Times Best Selling Author Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.  Instructions to view the ceremony will be posted here in early January. 

Click here for a listing of other MLK Day events hosted by the King Coalition and other community groups. 

Important Notice

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our events will be virtual this year. The MLK Free Community Dinner which traditionally kicks-off the MLK Day weekend has been cancelled this year. However, the official City-County Observance, MLK Ecumenical Service, and the Youth Call to Service event will all continue with dynamic virtual observances of the Dr. King Holiday. In addition, other community events are also being planned virtually.

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