2009/01/13: Statewide Martin Luther King Jr. and Inauguration events

People are gathering across the state and region this week - to celebrate the legacy of King and the inauguration of President Obama - Here is the listing of  these 13 events from north to south - east and west, below (left: Martin Luther King arrested in Montgomery, Alabama.)

EPHRAIM – 1/18 Sun 10 am  “The Audacity of Hope” sermon by the Rev. Joan Shiels.  At the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Hwy. 42.  The service will include Door County vocalist/actor Hervy Hodges celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. and Barack Obama. The weekend events will become part of the Library of Congress’s oral history at the American Folklife Center. Contact: (920)854-7559 uufdc.org


VIROQUA – 1/18 Sun 2 pm  A gathering to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the inauguration of the first black president of the United States. At the
Greenman Music Hall at the Main Street Market, downtown Main Street. The informal gathering will be hosted by the Kickapoo Valley Monthly Meeting of Friends (Quaker) with the generous support of the Main Street Market. We ask people to bring something to share that expresses their thoughts or feelings about this historic moment and possibly their hope for the future of our country and local area. It might be a song, a poem, a reading or a personal thought that suits the moment. When all who wish to share have had a turn to participate, refreshments will be served. All are welcome and the participation of children is encouraged. Contact Joan Francis (608) 735-4408 with questions or concerns.


GREEN BAY - 1/19 Mon 7 pm Interfaith Prayer Service to Commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  At St. Willebrord Church, 209 S. Adams. Sponsored by  GIFT (Gathered in Faith Together), an association of Green Bay churches and synagogue.  Ms. Sylvia Robinson, Assistant Minister of Divine Temple Church of God in Christ, will deliver the reflection.  All are welcome to this free event.  Refreshments will be served in the Fr. Ken DeGroot Center after the service.  For more information, please contact Sr. Melanie Maczka, St. Willebrord Church, 920-435-2016, email srmelanie@stwillys.org. Forwarded from Steve Herro at herrosteven@yahoo.com


WOODRUFF - 1/19 Mon 7 pm Observance of Martin Luther King Day. At the Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8625 Peggy's Lane. Ada Deer will be speaking. For directions or other inquiries contact Dan at  nuuf2@yahoo.com or  715-362-9420.

JANESVILLE - 1/19 Mon 7 pm Human Rights event and Discussion of Gaza. At the Janesville Academy of International Studies. Meet tonight to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  January 19 will be a special day to have our event as it is also the day we commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  We will use this opportunity to discuss a very timely topic, the crisis in Gaza. We will view a brief video called "Palestine is Still the Issue" written and presented by a John Pilger, which was released in 2002 but which is still very relevant. Since this is a UNA sponsored event it might be worthwhile to discuss the role that the international community and the United Nations in particular can and must play in bringing the conflict to a close, and insuring that humanitarian needs are met and human rights are insured. We will also discuss what we as individual citizens can do to help resolve this conflict and crisis. The  link http://www.spiritualprogressives.org/article.php?story=gaza_text is a good resource  to understand the conflict and possible solutions is the group and website "Spiritual Progressives", a project of Tikkun and Rabbi Michael Lerner.  Stay close to your computer and Janesville WCLO "closings" link in the event of more inclement weather. http://www.cfr.org/publication/13850/crisis_guide.html Please forward this message on to any family and friends.  Sam Romano sromano@charter.net


LACROSSE - 1/19 Mon 7 pm A community celebration and commemoration of the life and ideas of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on MONDAY, JANUARY 19 at 7 p.m. at the English Lutheran Church, 1509 King Street, La Crosse. The featured speaker will be Reverend Everett Mitchell, of the Madison-area Urban Ministry with music by the Tommy Wesley Gospel Choir. Doors open at 6:30. Free admission. Sponsored by La Crosse County, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center and Franciscan Skemp Healthcare.


MILWAUKEE - 1/19 Mon 1 pm Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - "Justice Rally and March". St. Francis of Assisi Church. 1927 N. 4th St. 1 pm indoor rally and the a 2 pm march to the Dr. King statue at MLK Drive, 1/2 block north of Walnut (about a 4 - 5 block walk)  Contact: bob@peaceactionwi.orgor 414-964-5158.


MILWAUKEE - 1/20 Tues 5:30 pm NAACP Centennial Celebration & Inaugural Party. Hyatt Regency, 333 West Kilbourn Avenue. This is a celebration of their 100th Anniversary, the 80th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Inauguration of President Barack Obama.  This Celebration promises to be as jubilant as it is historic.  Peace Action is proud to be a co-sponsor.bob@peaceactionwi.org   $40.00 - individual ticket. Call 414-562-1000 to reserve a spot.


MADISON - 1/19 Mon 8 am 11th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Service Day “A Day ON, not a day OFF”.  At the Monona Terrace Convention Center.  This youth-planned event will include educational breakout sessions, presentation of the President’s Volunteer Service Awards by Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, and a Youth March up to the State Capitol. Later in the day, these students will spread throughout Dane County where they will begin their commitment to a year of volunteer service. Registration is free and includes lunch. Schools, youth groups, or individuals can register by calling Seth Yosef at (608) 251-8550.


MADISON 1/19 12 noon - 6 pm Veterans for Peace Tabling and Open Mic - outdoors, at State Street and the Capitol. All welcome to come share a message of peace. Contact Steve at books24@aol.com


MADISON 1/19 5:15 pm Who Would Dr. King Bomb? Gaza awareness event at official Madison and Dane County Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration. Join MRSCP and American Jews for a Just Peace-Madison chapter (formerly JVP) for informational leafleting and some Gaza visibility efforts.  Meet in front of the Madison Public Library beginning at 5:15pm, we will be passing out an informational leaflet on Gaza at the doors of the Overture Center and handing out "Save Gaza" badges to interested people to wear inside the building.  Wear kuffiyehs and other items symbolic of Palestine.  We encourage everyone to go inside at 6 pm and respectfully join the celebration of Dr. King's life and message...this is not a picket or protest so please do not bring signs or large flags etc. (These aren't allowed inside anyway.) If you have questions please e-mail rafahsistercity@yahoo.com


MADISON - 1/19 Mon 6 pm  City-County Observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. At the Overture Center’s Capitol Theater located at 201 State Street in Madison. There is no cost to attend. The King Coalition welcomes the Rev. Dr. Trinette V. McCray to Madison to celebrate the historic election of Barack Obama as president of the United States and the enduring legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 24th Annual Dane County & City of Madison Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance.  Her keynote address will address the “Inspiration of Dreams; Responsibilities of Change.” For more information contact Mona Adams Winston at 608-239-7707 or Edward Lee at 608-213-7907.


MADISON - 1/20 Tues 9 am Free Community Inaugural Celebration “President Barack Obama”. In the Monona Terrace Lecture Hall.  All members of the community are invited to bring their lunch and view the inauguration on a 20-foot HD TV screen. Dessert and coffee will be provided.  For more information contact Mona Adams Winston at 608-239-7707 or Edward Lee at 608-213-7907. In addition to the King Coalition, other sponsors of this event include the Urban League of Greater Madison, Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, Kujichagulia-Madison Center for Self Determination, Inc., City of Madison, Dane County, NAACP, UMOJA, Capital City Hues, and The Madison Times.

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MADISON - 1/20 Tues 5 - 8 pm Inauguration Celebration: Fundraiser for the Workers' Rights Center and Tenant Resource Center -
High Noon Saloon, 701 E. Washington Avenue @ Blount Street. Live music from Aniv de La Rev, Bonobo Secret Handshake and others! Celebrate the historic inauguration of Barack Obama and support some important local organizations at the same time! Come hear some great music, give a big sigh of relief and take a turn at the open mic to express yourself. With current economic difficulties, organizations like the Workers' Rights Center and the Tenant Resource Center are needed more than ever.  So come on out to celebrate and support a good cause! Suggested donation $20 (you may designate where your contribution is to go).Contact: theFed@scfl.org


AMHERST - 1/20 Tues 7 – 10 pm  'We the People' Inaugural Ball. At the Jensen Community Center (487 N. Main St., Amherst). It is a non-partisan celebration of the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States. Admission is $10.00 along with a donation of one or more non-perishable items to be distributed to local food pantries. Attendees are asked to bring a favorite snack or dessert to share potluck style. Folks from the Central Waters Brewery will be on hand to sell their beverages. Baba Ghanooj will provide the music. A large screen TV will be tuned to the Washington D.C.area celebrations. Inaugural attire is encouraged! Catherine Lange, an area photographer, will have studio lighting set up to take your photo in your inaugural best! Proceeds from the event will benefit Waupaca Riverside Hospital’s Healthy Neighborhoods Fund, which offers help to uninsured residents in our area, and the Tomorrow River Chautauqua, which promotes proactive citizenry through the presentation and discussion of current political, social and cultural issues of our time. To contribute directly to either organization with a tax-deductible gift, please make checks payable to the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund or the Amherst Area Foundation (AAF) Chautauqua Account. For more information, please call 715.824.7658