WNPJ Members Organize for MLK Events this weekend - statewide

Each year, member groups from across the state create events around this January MLK holiday to bring their peace and justice communities together, to organize and celebrate. Whether you live in Woodruff, Rhinelander, Milwaukee, La Crosse, Spring Green, Madison or Ontario - WNPJ member groups have events for you. See the current  listing of events below - and join in!






Please visit wnpj.org/calendar for a full listing of events by WNPJ members and allies. Contact: info@wnpj.org


    MLK Celebration events, statewide.
  • Friday the 16th
  • 4:30-7 p.m.: The Madison/Dane County King Coalition's 25th annual Free Community Dinner, UW Gordon Commons, Room B5, 717 W. Johnson St. Enjoy a meal with friends, old and new, in King's spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood for community and peace. Free shuttle bus service to and from the dinner will be provided by Kobussen Buses. Pickups are scheduled at the YWCA, 101 E. Mifflin St., departing at 5:45 p.m. and Grace Episcopal Church, 116 W. Washington Ave., departing at 5:55 p.m.
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  • Saturday the 17th
  • Peacemaker Gathering at Echo Valley Sat. January 17. You are most welcome to engage in an exchange promoting understanding among people and to uplift the conversation of peace, justice and sustainable living on Saturday (10 am- 5 pm with music following).  Participants are welcome to come Friday through Sunday to enjoy the hospitality of the land and the people. Where: E 14604 County Rd. F, Ontario.

    Today we will honor the vision of the Beloved Community as understood by Martin Luther King. We believe the bonds of peace we share are much deeper than the ignorance that separates us, and that the time for strengthening these bonds is now. Free will donation for accommodations at Echo Valley, $5 request for meals. Contact: webmaster@echovalleyfarmwisconsin.com


    1 pm Annual MLK event in Spring Green, 1 p.m. Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Spring Green Elementary School, 830 W. Daley Street, Guest speaker: Rev. Everett Mitchell, pastor, theologian, attorney, activist, scholar - Rev. Mitchell officiated a historic 2014 same sex marriage in the church where he is pastor, Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church, Madison. His topic on January 17 in Spring Green will be "The Challenge of Radical Inclusion: Building the Beloved Community."        


    6-11:30 p.m.: I Have a Dream Scholarship Ball, sponsored by Women In Focus, will be held at Monona Terrace, Madison. Proceeds are used to provide college scholarships for minority youth. Cost: $70. For more information, visit www.womeninfocus.net.

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  • Sunday the 18th
    8 a.m.: The annual Urban League Guild Recognition Breakfast will be held at Edgewood High School, 2219 Monroe St., Madison. Students will be recognized for their outstanding academic accomplishments and community services. High school seniors will be awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. College Scholarships.  For tickets and information visit www.ulgm.org or call 608-729-1200 or 608-213-7907.
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  • 4 p.m.: A Martin Luther King Jr. ecumenical church service will be held at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 2019 Fisher St., Madison. 
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    6 p.m.: America's Sunday Supper, hosted by Wisconsin Campus Compact, a national program meant to bring together communities to celebrate King's message. The event will include a "dinner and a movie" experience. The film will be "At the River I Stand," which documents the final two months of King's life. The featured speaker is William Jones, a UW-Madison associate professor of history. Jones' talk will focus on the intersection of race, class and labor. This event will be at the Urban League of Greater Madison, 2222 S. Park St. Pre-registration is required, and seating is limited. Contact Jaryd Spann by email atspann2@wisc.edu or 414-807-3447.
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    Monday the 19th
  • And Justice For All? Honoring The Work and Life of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.- Milwaukee. At The Body & Soul Healing Arts Center 3617 N 48th St, 
     8:00am to 3:00pm You are invited to join us for our free annual event of honoring the life and work of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and issues of civil rights that challenge our nation at this point in time. The day begins with breakfast, continues with workshops and activities for all ages, lunch, final workshop offerings, and then a "Speak-Out For Justice" This year's workshops include:Elder Justice, with Bettie Rodgers, Environmental Justice, with Marcia Caton Campbell, Gender Justice, with Modupe Liston, Know Your Rights - ACLU. Sponsors: Food Justice, Racial Justice, Justice for Black Men, with Demetrius Brown.,Teen Justice. Cosponsored by:PUBLIC ALLIES MILWAUKEE, JACK AND JILL MILWAUKEE, FOX POINT LUTHERAN CHURCH, ACLU MILWAUKEE CHAPTER Join Facebook Event
  • Spend MLK Day with the Coalition for Justice! Milwaukee.
    On Monday January 19th, 2015, the Coalition for Justice will joining the community to celebrate the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Because Dontre's birthday falls within a week of Dr. King's, we will honor them both with a birthday party at Club Timbuktu. Stay posted for updates as we continue to move forward! And don't forget to follow the Coalition for Justice on Twitter (@Justice4Dontre),Facebook (facebook.com/justicefordontre) andInstagram(@thecoalition4justicemke), or feel free to give us a call with any questions or concerns (414.375.9330).
  • Peace Action, Milwaukee . From 1 - 3 pm. Meet at 1927 N. 4th St. At 1:00 pm we will have a program featuring “King’s Last Year,” a dramatic reading of King’s words during the last, difficult year of his life as he publicly opposed the Vietnam War and planned for a Poor People’s March on Washington. Performing artists will include Dorothy Jackson, Fred Reed, and Andre Lee Ellis. We will also recognize the mothers of victims of police violence in Milwaukee. At 2:30 pm we will march to the Dr. King statue (a 3 block walk) north of Walnut. There, we will have an open microphone for those who wish to reflect on Dr. King’s message. To join the event, see the FACEBOOK listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/623824394388782/

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  • 8:30 - 3MLK Youth Service Day -Madison: "A dedication to service ... A discovery of science." The Urban League, the King Coalition and many other organizations will co-sponsor this event at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard St.  The event for middle and high school youth will both honor and reflect on the life of King and learn how science and service can intersect. There is no cost to attend, but registration is limited. Information: 608-729-1200 or 608-213-7907.
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  • 12 noon - State Observation of MLK Holiday - at the Capitol Rotunda - inMadison  Van Jones will be the speaker : http://www.isthmus.com/theguide/details.php?event=338407 with music by the Latino Strings Orchestra and Illinois Black Chorus. 



  • 5 pm - 'Freedom songs' sing-in 5 pm followed by the 6 p.m. event:  The 30th annual City/County King Holiday Observance of Madison will be held at the Overture Center Capitol Theater, 201 State St. The keynote speaker is Diane Nash, Leader and Strategist of the 1960's Civil Rights Student Movement. In addition to the keynote address, the event will feature the presentation of the annual City/County Dr. King Awards. Music will be provided by the Martin Luther King Jr.Community Choir led by noted local music director Leotha Stanley. This event is free and open to the public.
  •  The MLK Humanitarian Awards this year:

    A Madison committee member and a local health care leader have been named recipients of the Madison-Dane County Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award.

    Peng Her and Barbara Nichols are the 2015 recipients of the award, presented annually at the city-county Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and Madison Mayor Paul Soglin announced Wednesday.

    The award is given to people who have made outstanding contributions to Dane County and who exemplify King’s values and non-violent philosophy.

    Her, a current member of the city’s Economic Development Committee, grew up in refugee camps and has been an advocate for Hmong-Americans in the area.

    Nichols was Wisconsin’s first black cabinet secretary when she oversaw the state’s Department of Regulation and Licensing. She has also served as president of the American Nurses Association and has worked to address health care challenges facing members of Madison’s black community.

    This year’s awards will be presented Monday at Overture Center’s Capital Theater, 201 State St. 
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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Speaker---Rhinelander Saint Augustine’s Guild Hall 1P.M.

    Judy Goldsmith, social activist and past president of the National Organization for Women, will be speaking at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, located at 39 S. Pelham Street in Rhinelander, at 1:00 p.m. She will be speaking again at 6:00 p.m. at the Woodruff Community Center, located on Hwy 47 North. Goldsmith’s presentation entitled “Red, White and Broke: Escalating Inequality in America” will emphasize Dr. King’s views on economic injustice and how the nation’s growing income gap affects us today.


    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Speaker---Woodruff Town Hall  6:00 P.M

    Judy Goldsmith, social activist and past president of the National Organization for Women, will be speaking at Woodruff Town Hall on Hwy 47, located at 1418 1st Ave  Woodruff at 6 P.M.. Goldsmith’s presentation entitled Red, White and Broke: Escalating Inequality in America” will emphasize Dr. King’s views on economic injustice and how the nation’s growing income gap affects us today. Sponsors:   Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, St Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Rhinelander,The St. Francis Project of St. Matthias’s  Episcopal Church in Minocqua,  the First Congregational Church of Christ in Rhinelaner, Many Ways of Peace in Eagle River, League of Women Voters  of the Northwoods,  American Association of University Women Rhinelander-Northwoods Branch, First Congregational United Church of Christ in Rhinelander, and North Central Labor Coalition.
     Diane Reupert at 715-282-5400 or Father Einerson at 715-362-3184


    UW-L’s Barbara Stewart will receive the  Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award at the La Crosse’s MLK Jr. Community Celebration at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan 19, at the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Main Theater - LaCrosse. The award recognizes Stewart’s leadership in creating equity and inclusion within UW-L, the wider community and state. Stewart approaches her position at UW-L not only as an administrator, but also as a mentor, role model and advocate for justice. During her career, she has encouraged and inspired hundreds of under-represented students and employees while working to build more fairness and access in educational institutions and beyond. In the community, Steward has served on numerous boards and committees, including The Onalaska School District Village Partners, the Eagle Bluff Elementary School, the YWCA, La Crosse Area National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the La Crosse Hmoob Cultural & Community Agency, and as a presenter for the Onalaska High School Diversity Days. She recently received the 2014 YWCA Outstanding Women’s Tribute in the Social Justice category.

    The 2015 MLK Jr. Community Celebration features speaker Ruby Bridges who, as a child, helped desegregate the New Orleans William Frantz Public Schools. Admission is free.