02 Jan Madison, Dane County to hold 36th annual MLK Day celebration online with best-selling author
The King Coalition of Madison and Dane County will hold its 36th annual King Holiday Observance celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day online this year with a New York Times bestselling author serving as the keynote speaker.
The 2021 King Holiday Observance set for Jan. 18 will feature Eddie S. Glaude Jr., author of “Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own,” a book with “elements of biography, criticism and memoir” regarding the late writer and activist, according to a New York Times book review.
Glaude is a professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. He writes columns for Time magazine and is a contributor to programs on MSNBC.
The main observance will take place online from 6 to 7 p.m. and will include presentation of the Madison-Dane County Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award by County Executive Joe Parisi and Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway. Angela Fitzgerald, host of “Wisconsin Life” on Wisconsin Public Television, will host the observance, and musician Leotha Stanley will lead the MLK Community Choir.