21 2019

34th Annual Madison-Dane County King Holiday Observance(King Coalition,JFM)

5:00PM - 8:00PM  

Overture Center for the Arts 201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703

Freedom Sing-In at 5:00 pm. The program begins at 6:00 pm.

The program features Keynote Speaker, MLK Community Choir and presentation of the MLK Humanitarian Award by County Executive Joe Parisi and Mayor Paul Soglin.

There is no cost to attend, and tickets are not required.

Cheryl Brown Henderson
Brown v. Board of Education Originator & Civil Rights Activist

Cheryl Brown Henderson is one of the three daughters of the late Reverend Oliver L. Brown who filed suit on behalf of their children against the local Board of Education. Their case became known as the landmark decision; Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.

Cheryl went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in mathematics from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Minor in Mathematics from Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas, and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Washburn University.

Cheryl is the Founding President of The Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research. She has an extensive background in education, business and civic leadership and decades of experience in political advocacy, public policy implementation, and federal legislative development.

Cheryl has been an invited to the White House on seven occasions, she has published numerous writings on Brown v. Board of Education, and she has received multiple honors and awards. Cheryl has extensive public speaking experience, which includes university guest lectures at over 300 universities including Harvard and Yale University law schools. In 2004, Cheryl introduced then-President Bush to the 5,000 plus people gathered for the grand opening of Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas.

This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Madison and is the capstone of a series of events hosted by the King Coalition to commemorate the King Holiday.

More King Coalition Programs

  • MLK Choir Rehearsal: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at  7:00 pm and Saturday, January 19, 2019, at 11:00 am, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2019 Fisher Street
  • MLK Free Community Dinner: Friday, January 18, 2019, at 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm, UW Gordon Commons, 770 W. Dayton Street
  • MLK Ecumenical Service: Sunday, January 20, 2019, at 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Lake Edge Lutheran Church, 4032 Monona Drive
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Young Person Breakfast: Sunday, January 20, 2019, at 7:30 am - 10:00 am, Edgewood High School
  • MLK Day Youth Call to Service: Monday, January 21, 2019, at 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Madison Municipal Building, 215 MLK, Jr. Blvd

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The King Coalition was established in the fall of 1985 as a community group to plan the official City of Madison and Dane County observances of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. The Coalition brings 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. 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.