The King Coalition has coordinated the official City of Madison and Dane County Observance of the King Holiday since 1985. The Coalition aims to bring people from all walks of life together in the spirit of true brotherhood and sisterhood to commemorate the life and accomplishments of this renowned leader of the civil rights movement. This and other King Coalition events encourage the people of Dane County to reaffirm their commitment to building a just community out of our racial, religious and economic diversity.
The Madison/Dane County King Coalition is pleased to announce that the 33rd Annual City of Madison & Dane County observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday will feature Frank A. Humphrey as the keynote speaker. Mr. Humphrey is currently the President of the NAACP Wisconsin, and he has served the organization in countless capacities – including as a member of the National Board – for 40 years. In addition to Mr. Humphrey’s keynote speech, the event will feature presentation of the Madison-Dane County Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and City of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin; performance by the MLKCommunity Choir led by Leotha and Tamera Stanley; Freedom Sing-in in the Overture Rotunda; a spoken work performance by Cedric Dale Hoard; and more. Karen Menéndez Coller will serve as the MC.