On Monday, WORT will feature two special live broadcasts honoring the life and work of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
From noon to 2pm, we will simulcast the State of Wisconsin tribute and ceremony at the Capitol, hosted by Dr. Jonathan Overby. The program will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King with speaker Ollie Watts Davis, a distinguished performer and Professor of Music at the University of Illinois, and music from the MLK Women’s Mass Choir, Fall Gospel Fest Choir, and SistaStrings.
From 6 to 7:30 pm, we will broadcast the City of Madison & Dane County observance live from the Overture Center for the Performing Arts.
The event will feature a keynote speech by noted sociologist and civil rights activist Joyce Ann Ladner. Ladner was on the front lines for major civil rights protests in the sixties as a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and on the stage when Dr. King delivered the “I Have A Dream” speech. She’s the author of the American classic, Tomorrow’s Tomorrow: The Black Woman.
The event will also feature music from the MLK Community Choir led by Leotha and Tamera Stanley, and the presentation of the Madison-Dane County Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award.
Many thanks to Dr. Jonathan Overby, Wisconsin Public Radio, the Overture Center, the MLK Coalition, WORT volunteers, and others for making these broadcasts possible.