MLK Day Area Events

37th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observances this Weekend
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Details on all events and links can be found here on the MLK Coaltion’s website

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all events will be virtual this year. The MLK Free Community Dinner which traditionally kicks-off the MLK Day weekend has been cancelled this year. However, the official City-County Observance, MLK Ecumenical Service, and the Youth Call to Service event will all continue with dynamic virtual observances of the Dr. King Holiday. In addition, other community events are also being planned virtually.

Friday, January 14 at 7:30-9:00 pm
Shabbat (Sabbath) Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Hosted by Temple Beth El, this worship will feature Kaleem Caire, founder and CEO of One City Schools, as the speaker for the evening. This is open to all!

Saturday, January 15 at 9:15 am – 12:15 pm
Beth Israel Center Shabbat Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This Shabbat worship is open to all, and leaders of Beth Israel Center’s Confronting Racism initiative will share an update about this three-year program which is working cross-culturally under Black leadership to confront racism locally.

Sunday, January 16

Urban League Outstanding Young Person Breakfast
Due to the ongoing public health concerns, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Young Person Breakfast will be a pop-up style event open only to awardees. We look forward to seeing you in person next year to celebrate these outstanding young people who are honoring the legacy of Dr. King.

MLK Ecumenical Service at 4:30-6:00 pm
Hosted by the King Coalition in partnership with a diverse group of faith community leaders (including the Rev. Kelly Asprooth-Jackson from FUS and Rev. Karen), the MLK Ecumenical Service joins people together from diverse religious traditions, socioeconomic statuses, ethnicities and political beliefs in the spirit of brotherhood/ sisterhood to honor Dr. King’s dream of social justice and equality. It also seeks to develop the “beloved community” through spiritual inclusivity and recognition of our shared humanity.

Monday, January 17 

MLK Day Youth Call to Service at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The King Coalition, in partnership with the City of Madison, Dane County, MSCR, Madison Out of School Time (MOST), Madison Public Library, and the Urban League of Greater Madison is pleased to invite middle and high school youth to attend the MLK Day Youth Call to Service. Sessions will be conducted over Zoom and will feature local officials and community partners, including Sheriff Kalvin Barrett, YWCA, & a panel of area high school youth.

37th Annual MLK Day Observance at 6:00-7:00 pm
This annual observance includes presentation of the MLK Humanitarian Award by City of Madison Mayor, Satya Rhodes-Conway and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. Noted musician Leotha Stanley will again lead the MLK Community Choir. The keynote speaker will be Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, award-winning author, educator, and produce.