WPT to Air Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, Jan. 21

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January 1, 2013

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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 33rd-annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute ceremony honoring the late civil rights leader. The program will air at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 on WPT.

 The program also will air at 6 p.m. on The Wisconsin Channel, a WPT digital channel, and be archived at wpt.org on the Web.

 The ceremony, “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around,” celebrates Dr. King’s life in words and music with a culturally inclusive group of performing artists. This year’s guest speaker is John W. Fountain, professor of journalism at Chicago’s Roosevelt University. A native of Chicago’s West Side, Fountain is an award-winning journalist and author of the memoir, “True Vine: A Young Black Man’s Journey of Faith Hope and Clarity.” His journalism career includes working as a national correspondent for The New York Times, and a staff writer at the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. He currently writes a weekly column for the Chicago Sun-Times.

As part of the ceremonies, recipients of the 2013 Martin Luther King Heritage Awards will be honored.

Performances at the event include appearances by Milwaukee’s Latino Arts Strings Program, The Ho-Chunk Native American Drum and Dance Ensemble, Malcolm Williams and the Voices of Great Faith, and the Madison Bagpipers.

Wisconsin Public Radio’s Dr. Jonathan Overby will serve as event emcee.

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

Wisconsin Public Television is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV, Madison; WPNE-TV, Green Bay; WHRM-TV, Wausau; WLEF-TV, Park Falls; WHLA- TV, La Crosse; and WHWC-TV, Menomonie-Eau Claire.