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Martin Luther King Day Celebration 2017


Celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 16, 2017 at Martin Luther King Branch from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

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Program Featuring Live Performances

12 p.m. Welcome
Mayor Tom Barrett kicks off an afternoon of live programming to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.

12:15-12:30 p.m. Afro-Brazilian Percussion
Enjoy the sounds of Afro-Brazilian percussion by the students of Lancaster Elementary School.

12:30-12:45 p.m. Alpha Phi Alpha
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Members of Alpha Phi Alpha will present their tribute to Dr. King.

1-1:45 p.m. Kevin Hayden Band
The Kevin Hayden Band performs popular and cherished musical numbers.

2-2:45 p.m. Ex Fabula Fellows
Listen to true, personal stories told by community members who participated in the Ex Fabula Fellowship and explore how everyone can work together for equality and justice.

3-3:30 p.m. Signature Dance Company
Marvel at the dance moves of these young women during this powerful, original presentation.

Crafts and Activities Throughout the Day

9 a.m.-12 p.m. King Day Collage with Jasmine Barmore - FOR TEENS
Local artist Jasmine Barmore and the MPL Teen Advisory Board will help teens create a fabulous collage which will be housed on the panels in the young adult area.

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Martin Luther King Day Timeline - FOR ADULTS
Check out the interactive timeline that will feature the life and legacy of Dr. King and civil rights in Milwaukee. Participants will be encouraged to write down and share their personal experiences with those events and how they have directly impacted their own lives.

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Button Making - FOR ALL AGES
Choose pictures and words to design your own King Day pin.

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Health Screenings - FOR ADULTS
Get free blood pressure screening and flu shots from the staff of Walgreen’s Pharmacy.

10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Dream Books with Rochelle Melander - FOR CHILDREN
What do you dream of creating that will bring peace to your community and to your own life? Do you have an idea to help people get along? Participants will write about their dreams and create tiny how-to books to take home.

3:30-4:30 p.m. Peace Cookies - FOR ALL AGES
End the day on a sweet note. Enjoy cookie decorating with family and friends.