Celebrate MLK Day with events around Milwaukee

Several events were scheduled Monday, Jan. 16 in the Milwaukee area in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Milwaukee Public Library Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration 2023

The Milwaukee Public Library Martin Luther King, Jr. branch will have live programming Monday, Jan. 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including music, dance, poetry, trivia and hands-on activities for all ages.

MLK National Day of Service

Kids Impact Community (KIC) is sponsoring a series of virtual and in-person free events designed for children and their families to volunteer to improve their communities in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event will begin on MLK Day and continue throughout the month. 

22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemoration at Dr. King's Statue

Speakers and performers will include Actor Andre Lee Ellis reading Dr. King's words, Pansy Williams singing traditional civil rights songs, peace activist Jim Carpenter, DiMonte Henning of the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, David H. B. Drake of the noted folk band and community members scheduled to participate in the open mic.

King Day Celebration at King Center 

"Love will bring peace, and peace will bring a change" is the theme of this year's Martin Luther King Day celebration, which features spoken word, musical and art performances and an address by Michelle Pitts. Milwaukee County Parks will host a free event at noon at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, featuring spoken word and musical performances.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Keeping in mind Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy of service to others, City Year considers Martin Luther King Day as an "on" day rather than an "off" day. Each year, City Year mobilizes its 3,300 AmeriCorps members and thousands of volunteers for a day of service in communities across the country. City Year AmeriCorps members and volunteers, in collaboration with local partners, paint schools, beautify neighborhoods and parks and assemble community resource kits.