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Steering Committee Plans 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

The only cities that have celebrated Dr. King’s Birthday annually since 1984 are Atlanta, Georgia and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

By - Dec 12th, 2018 06:59 am
35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

MILWAUKEE, WI (Wednesday, December 12, 2018)—The 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, coordinated by the MLK Steering Committee, will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The program will begin at 1:00 PM in Uihlein Hall and highlight our youth who interpreted Dr. King’s works through art, speech and writing contests.

The only cities that have celebrated Dr. King’s Birthday annually since 1984 are Atlanta, Georgia and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The theme for this year’s program is “Celebrating The Legacy for 35 Years.”

Young people who are involved in the performing arts will also be highlighted as they salute Dr. King’s legacy through music, dance, and song. This year’s performers include: Hmong American Friendship Association Girls, The Milwaukee Flyers Tumbling Team, Salam School and and more.

This year we are fortunate to have new performing art group, which is Majestic Community Choir. Majestic Community Choir is a 30-voiced mixed choir, under the direction of founder and director Joe. V. Nathaniel, that presents a program of rich and soulful gospel music for which they are well-known.

The event concludes with the Paulette Y. Copeland Reception at 3:00 PM. Admission to this event, as well as the reception, is free and open to the community.  Complimentary parking in the Marcus Center Parking Structure will also be available.  For more information, visit

Honorary Co-Chairs are Tom Barrett (Mayor), Christopher S. Abele (County Executive) and Jerome M. Janzer (Chair, Marcus Center Board).

Established in 1969, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is the premier performing arts community gathering space in Southeastern Wisconsin. As the Marcus Center moves into its 48th year, it continues to build bridges between diverse members of our community through high-quality arts entertainment in the region and the state. The touring Broadway series, sponsored by Associated Bank, is recognized as bringing the best of Broadway entertainment to Milwaukee for the past 20 years and provides opportunities to educate, entertain and engage audiences. The Marcus Center is also the home to the Milwaukee Symphony, Milwaukee Ballet, Florentine Opera, First Stage plus a variety of other important community and family events throughout the year. For more information about events visit the Marcus Center website at  The Marcus Center is a private non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation and is a dedicated veterans memorial in Milwaukee.

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