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33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration at the Marcus Center

January 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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The only cities that have celebrated Dr. King’s Birthday annually since 1984 are Atlanta, Georgia and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Always taking place in the month of January, this event focuses on keeping the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. alive. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration programming highlights the youth in our community who every year interpret Dr. King’s words through an art, speech and writing contest.

In addition, various cultural arts organizations take center stage in Uihlein Hall, truly demonstrating the excellence of our arts community.  Some of the groups celebrating with us this year include United Indians of Milwaukee, Riverside University H.S. Swing Choir, Hip Hop Cellist— Malik Johnson, Hmong American Peace Academy, Milwaukee H.S. of the Arts student and Jazz singer— Kaprice Maxwell, the Milwaukee Flyers Tumbling Team, and more! The event concludes with the Paulette Y. Copeland Reception in Bradley Pavilion.

The 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration is on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 1:00 pm. The theme for this year is: “We Shall Overcome”
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How to Participate in the Program

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration is organized by a steering committee of long-time community members, school representatives, corporate leaders, and Marcus Center staff. This community event is free and open to the public.  There are no tickets or reservations required to attend this event.  Seating in Uihlein Hall is on a first come, first serve basis.

More Information / Funding Opportunities

For more information about the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, or for funding opportunities, please contact Bridgett Gonzalez, Director of Diversity & Community Engagement at 414.273.7121 ext. 211 or bgonzalez@marcuscenter.org.


January 15, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Uihlein Hall at the Marcus Center
929 N Water St
Milwaukee, WI United States


Marcus Center for the Performing Arts