Welcoming Ilyasah Shabazz. on Jan. 17

Excited to announce that the keynote speaker for the official Madison & Dane County King Holiday Observance will be Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, award-winning author, educator, and producer. Details below.

MONDAY – JANUARY 17

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10:00AM - 1:00PM

MLK Day Youth Call to Service

Hosted by The King Coalition of Madison & Dane County and many others

MLK Day Youth Call To Service
Join us in a morning of educational and engaging content as we explore service and activism in Dr. King’s memory!

About this event

The King Coalition, in partnership with the City of Madison, Dane County, MSCR, Madison Out of School Time (MOST), Madison Public Library, and the Urban League of Greater Madison is pleased to invite middle and high school youth to attend the MLK Day Youth Call to Service on Monday, Jan. 17th.

The 2022 MLK Day Youth Call to Service will be held virtually on Monday, January 17th, from 10:00am-1:00pm (Central Time). Sessions will be conducted over Zoom and will feature local officials and community partners, including Sheriff Kalvin Barrett, YWCA, & a panel of area high school youth.

This is a completely free experience. Attendees will receive t-shirt and any necessary supplies for them to participate in the workshops.

To register, complete the order form with your child’s information (unless otherwise noted) and click “register” to submit.

Space is limited to 100 participants so register today!

For more information, please contact Andrew Schilcher at aschilcher@ulgm.org

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6:00PM – 7:00PM

37th Annual MLK Day Observance

Hosted by the King Coalition

Official Madison & Dane County MLK Day Observance featuring Ilyasah Shabazz, Daughter of Malcolm X.

The 37th annual Madison-Dane County MLK Day Observance will take place virtually on Monday, January 17, 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 keynote speaker will be Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, award-winning author, educator, and produce.

View the observance here on this site. 

The program will also be livestreamed on Facebook and broadcast on WORT 89.9 FM

SUNDAY – JANUARY 16

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1:00 to 4:00 PM

Urban League Outstanding Young Person Awards

Hosted by Urban League of Greater Madison

Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Young Person Awards

*** Due to the ongoing public health concerns, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Young Person Breakfast will be a pop-up style event open only to awardees. We look forward to seeing you in person next year to celebrate these outstanding young people who are honoring the legacy of Dr. King.

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4:30PM – 6:00PM

MLK Ecumenical Service

Hosted by The King Coalition of Madison & Dane County

Join us to promote the "beloved community" through spiritual inclusivity.

Hosted by the King Coalition in partnership with a diverse group of faith community leaders, the MLK Ecumenical Service joins people together from diverse religious traditions, socioeconomic statuses, ethnicities and political beliefs in the spirit of brotherhood/ sisterhood to honor Dr. King’s dream of social justice and equality. It also seeks to develop the “beloved community” through spiritual inclusivity and recognition of our shared humanity. View the recording here.

  • Reverend Adam Clausen, Senior Leader- Life Center
  • Bishop Godfrey Stubbs, End Time Ministries
  • Rabbi Bonnie Margulis, Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice
  • Reverend Tim Schaefer, First Baptist Church
  • Reverend Karen Armina, James Reeb Unitarian Universal Congregation
  • Pastor Luis M. Valesqluez, Wellspring United Methodist Church
  • Apostle Brenda Carroll, House of Refuge International Ministries
  • Pastor Kelly Asprooth-Jackson, First Unitarian Society of Madison
  • Musical Selections Featuring: Toya Robinson Harrell, Cantor Jacob Niemi and Leotha and Tamara Stanley and the MLK Community Choir

Our thanks again to First Unitarian Society for producing the virtual service.

SATURDAY- JANUARY 16

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9:15AM – 12:15PM

Beth Israel Center Shabbat Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hosted by Beth Israel Center

Beth Israel Center will be hosting a special (virtual) Shabbat worship open to the public

During this worship service on Shabbat morning, January 15, leaders of Beth Israel Center’s Confronting Racism initiative will share an update about this three-year program which is working cross-culturally under Black leadership to confront racism locally.

More info: https://www.bethisraelcenter.org/shabbat

Link to the livestream of this service: https://beth-israel-center.livecontrol.tv/16a9298b

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6:30PM – 8:30PM

Dream Ball

Hosted by Women in Focus

35th Anniversary Dream Ball: An inspirational evening benefiting WIF Scholarships

For 36 years, Women In Focus, Inc. has awarded college scholarships for deserving Dane County students of color. The scholarships are funded by generous donations and sponsor support of their annual Dream Scholarship Ball. Since 1986, they have awarded 373 scholarships totaling over $500,000. The Ball will celebrate 36 years of WIF scholars, young people of color who have gone to college!

Click here for more info.

FRIDAY – JANUARY 14

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7:30PM – 9:00PM

Shabbat (Sabbath) Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hosted by Temple Beth El

Temple Beth El will be hosting a special (virtual) Shabbat worship open to the public

Temple Beth El will be hosting a special Shabbat worship incorporating readings and prayers that reflect the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. This service is open to all. It will feature Dr. Ruben L. Anthony, Jr., President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison, as the speaker for the evening.

For more information: https://www.tbemadison.org/event/mlkshabbat2022

To view this event on livestream: http://www.tinyurl.com/TBEYTLivestream

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