What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?

Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by fighting against injustice through learning, reading, and connecting. Your voice and actions matter.

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This program is presented in partnership with the Teen Advisory Board and funded by the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation


15,000 people in the biggest civil rights demonstration to that date fill Wisconsin Ave on April 8, 1968. The march was in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Journal

Virtual Programming

Virtual Celebration 2022 - Monday, January 17, 1 p.m. CST


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Register in advance to view programming via Zoom.

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  • Exciting Musical and Dance Performances by Ko-Thi Dance Company and The Village Drum Company.

  • Memories of Personal Experiences with Dr. King shared by panel members from the Milwaukee community hosted by Clayborn Benson of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society.

  • A Milwaukee Black Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion hosted by Ayrton Bryan of MKE Black on the challenges of starting and operating a small business in Milwaukee.


  • D’Aruan Brown • Crumbles Confectionary
  • Danaz Bailey • FineVines4U
  • Joanna Brooks • Embody Yoga
  • Jacqulyn Tucker • Emmanuel’s Mix


A large group of people are kneeling in prayer on Wisconsin Ave on the anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Journal

Next: Collaborative City Art Project

Collaborative City Art Project

Collaborative City
“What is your life’s blueprint?” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Together we’re building a city! Print a copy of the PDF shown below to draw a street view of a city block you create, fill out the form below, and upload your final entry.

Artists should brainstorm:
  • Dr. King’s dream of equality and justice
  • What brings people together
  • Buildings you’d like to see on your block
  • What a city needs
  • What you’ve seen around Milwaukee County
  • Important buildings
  • What makes a community welcoming to all
  • Your favorite places

Challenge your friends and family to find their inner architects! Submit entries by filling out the form below and uploading your completed Collaborative City. Or drop your entry off at any Milwaukee Public Library.

Submissions are due Monday, January 31, 2022.


On April 5, 1969, mourners filled Milwaukee's streets at N 4th St and W Wisconsin Ave, remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. People gathered together all over the country on the one year anniversary of the Civil Rights leader's murder. Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Journal

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A group of people protest on the sidewalks in front of the Eagles Club. The members only club was a frequent target of protesters, due to its "whites only" policy. Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Journal