This year will be the 36th annual State of Wisconsin commemoration of the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – the oldest state commemoration in the U.S. – and WORT community radio, in cooperation with Wisconsin Public Radio and TV, will broadcast the ceremony live from the Capitol Rotunda at 12noon in place of “A Public Affair.” This year’s keynote speaker, the Honorable Aja Brown, mayor of Compton, California, will address the theme “Stand up, Stand out.”
The 31st annual Madison-Dane County observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s birthday will take place Monday January 18th from 6 until 7:30pm at the Overture Center for the Arts. And WORT will be there as well to broadcast the ceremony live. This year’s event will feature the MLK Community Choir, led by Leotha Stanley and the presentation of the City and County humanitarian awards, plus a keynote address by Ernest Green – one of the Little Rock Nine. In 1957, Mr. Green, along with eight other students enrolled in the formerly all-white Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas – following the Supreme Court’s historic Brown vs Board of Education decision that banned segregated schools. After a long struggle, Ernest Green would become the first African-American to ever graduate from Central High School.
That’s Monday January 18th, 2016 at noon and 6 on your community radio station WORT 89.9FM Madison, TUNE IN!