Monday, January 20, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Overture Center for the Arts - Annual Madison and Dane County celebration of Martin Luther King Jr, kicking-off with a “Freedom Songs Sing-in” from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Overture Center. The City-County Observance will then take place beginning at 6:00 p.m in the Overture Center’s Capitol Theater, featuring keynote speaker Andrew J. Young, a civil rights activist, politician, diplomat, and pastor from Georgia. As Executive Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Young was one of King’s principal lieutenants and was with King in Memphis when he was assassinated. As a colleague and friend of King, he was a strategist and negotiator during the Civil Rights Campaigns in Birmingham, St. Augustine, Selma, and Atlanta. He helped draft the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He has served as mayor of Atlanta, as Georgia’s first African American congressman since Reconstruction, and as United States ambassador to the UN in the Jimmy Carter administration.
MLK COMMUNITY CHOIR - The observance will also feature presentation of the City & County King Humanitarian awards by Mayor Paul Soglin and County Executive Joe Parisi, a call to action, and the MLK Community Choir. The MLK Community Choir is led by one of Madison’s most noted music directors - Leotha Stanley. Participation in the choir is open to all interested individuals. No registration or audition is required; interested individuals need only attend the two upcoming rehearsals at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2019 Fisher Street. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday, January 14, at 7:00pm and Saturday, January 18, at 11:00 a.m.