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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Martin Luther King Jr.

2016: Stand Up, Stand Out
Wisconsin's 36th annual tribute and ceremony celebrates Dr. King's life and legacy through words and music.

Dr. Jonathan Overby hosts the annual State of Wisconsin Tribute & Ceremony honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from the Capitol rotunda in Madison.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Archives

MLK 2014

2015: And Still We March
Dr. King's life and legacy is celebrated in words and music with a culturally inclusive group of performing artists. The keynote speaker is Van Jones, a CNN political contributor and best-selling author. Wisconsin Public Radio's Dr. Jonathan Overby and WISC-TV's Deana Wright co-host the event. Watch the full program.

MLK 2014

2014: We Shall Not Be Moved
Dr. King's life and legacy is celebrated in words and music with a culturally inclusive group of performing artists. The keynote speaker is Dr. Jack E. Daniels III, president of Madison Area Technical College. Wisconsin Public Radio's Dr. Jonathan Overby serves as emcee. Watch the full program.
 

MLK 2013

2013: Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around
Dr. King's life and legacy is celebrated in words and music with a culturally inclusive group of performing artists. The keynote speaker is John W. Fountain, a professor of journalism at Roosevelt University and weekly columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. Wisconsin Public Radio's Jonathan Overby serves as emcee. Watch the full program.

MLK 2012

2012: Daybreak of Justice
Dr. Jonathan Overby of Wisconsin Public Radio hosts the 32nd annual State of Wisconsin Tribute & Ceremony honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event took place on Monday, Jan. 16 in the Capitol rotunda in Madison. Watch the full program.

MLK 2011
 
MLK 1968

1968 Martin Luther King Jr Memorial
Martin Luther King, Jr is remembered on April 5, 1968, the day after his assassination. Combining studio interviews of community and civic leaders with reactions of people on the street, King's legacy and his impact on the civil rights movement are examined. Watch the full program.