Several events are planned for the coming week to honor civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The public is invited to celebrations from Friday through Monday, including interfaith services, a community dinner and tribute ceremonies.
Friday, Jan. 12:
Free community dinner at UW Gordon Dining & Event Center, 770 W. Dayton St., from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The King Coalition has hosted this free community meal for over 30 years, and this year includes dishes like fried chicken, mac and cheese and sweet potato pie. The Madison Music Makers will perform and a free shuttle to the event will depart from the YWCA, 101 E. Mifflin St., at 5:45 p.m. and Grace Episcopal Church, 116 W. Washington Ave., at 5:55 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 13:
MLK College Readiness & Success Summit in the Predolin Humanities Center at Edgewood College, 1000 Edgewood College Drive, from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event aims to help high school students of color, first-generation prospective college students and parents navigate college admissions and financial aid. There will be breakout sessions throughout the day with topics like “Strategies for Searching & Applying for Scholarships” and “The Sit Down: Admissions & Scholarship Interviews.” Students can register online for the free event.
I Have a Dream Scholarship Banquet and Ball at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, 1 John Nolen Drive, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
The annual event from Women In Focus Inc. raises scholarship money for students of color pursuing college or continuing degrees. There is a very limited supply of tickets ($90) left for the event.
Sunday, Jan. 14:
MLK: Jesus’ Dream at Sherman Avenue United Methodist Church, 3705 N. Sherman Ave., at 9:15 a.m.
Reverend and Dane County Circuit Court judge Everett Mitchell will be the guest speaker at this worship service and celebration of King sponsored by Sherman Avenue United Methodist Church, faith-based organization Selfless Ambition, St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church and S.S. Morris African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Young Person Breakfast at Edgewood High School, 2219 Monroe St., from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Organized by the Urban League of Greater Madison, the event brings hundreds of students, parents, teachers, school officials and community leaders to celebrate students, who are honored with awards and scholarships for academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and community service.
Annual King Holiday Ecumenical Service at Fountain of Life Covenant Church, 633 West Badger Road, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The interfaith service honors “Dr. King’s dream of social justice and equality to break down the walls of discrimination.” Rev. Alex Gee of Fountain of Life will preside over the service, which will include remarks from Pastor Charles Yu of Blackhawk Church, Rev. Marcus Allen of Mount Zion Baptist Church, Rabbi Renee Bauer of Jewish Social Services, Rev. Karen Armina of James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation, former Madison poet laureate Fabu Phillis and Dr. Ruben Anthony, Jr. of the Urban League of Greater Madison.
Monday, Jan. 15:
Black Excellence Youth Conference, Best Western Plus InnTowner Madison, 2424 University Ave., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute & Ceremony in The Capitol Rotunda, 2 E. Main St., at 12:00 p.m.
The celebration features performances by Chicago's Victory Travelers Gospel Quartet and Milwaukee Children's Choir, as well as a keynote address by Muhibb Dyer, a Milwaukee Community activist and a founder of the I Will Not Die Young Campaign, a program that mentors youth and teaches conflict resolution. The free event will be broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television.
Annual Madison-Dane County King Holiday Observance at the Overture Center, 201 State St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The event starts with a freedom sing-in at 5 p.m., and the official program begins at 6 p.m. Frank A. Humphrey, president of the NAACP Wisconsin State Conference, will be the keynote speaker, with performances by the MLK Community Choir. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and Mayor Paul Soglin will present the MLK Humanitarian award.