WPT to Air Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, Jan. 16

January 2, 2012

For More Information:
Lynn Brockmeyer, WPT publicist, 608-263-3364, lynn.brockmeyer@wpt.org
John Gerbig, WPT producer, 608-265-4444, john.gerbig@wpt.org

Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) will offer tape-delayed excerpts from Wisconsin's 32nd-annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute ceremony honoring the late civil rights leader. The program will air at 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 on WPT.

A live broadcast of the event also will be available starting at noon on The Wisconsin Channel, a WPT Digital TV channel, and the program will be streamed and archived at wpt.org on the Web.

The ceremony, themed “Daybreak of Justice,” will celebrate Dr. King’s life in words and music with a culturally inclusive group of performing artists. This year’s guest speaker is Civil Rights Lawyer and professor of law at the University of Maryland School of Law Sherrilyn Ifill.

As part of the ceremonies, recipients of the 2012 Martin Luther King Heritage Awards will be honored.

Wisconsin Public Radio’s Jonathan Overby will serve as event emcee.
Program participants include the Madison Bagpipers, Gospel Music According to Chicago Choir, Milwaukee’s Latino Arts Strings Program, Native American Flute Stylist Peter Phippen and Madison Youth Choirs.

WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

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