The 28th annual City of Madison & Dane County observance of the 2013 King Holiday will feature Reverend Everett Mitchell of Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church as this year’s Master of Ceremonies along with performances by The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community and the Martin Luther King, Jr Community Choir.
This year’s observance will bring back a special tradition as it kicks-off with a Freedom Songs Sing-in from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Overture Center. The City-County Observance will then take place beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Overture Center’s Capitol Theater. With a commanding and captivating stage presence, Rev. Everett Mitchell has established himself as a young, emerging leader even beyond the pulpit. As a member of several community service groups like 100 Black Men of Madison, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Dane County and the United Way of Dane County, Mitchell strives to make meaningful connections with community members and have a positive influence on younger generations. Outside of his duties as a pastor, he is the community relations director at UW-Madison where he utilizes the components of strategic development and community engagement to foster relationships between UW-Madison and other businesses, organizations and stakeholders throughout Wisconsin.
UW’s First Wave will provide a spoken-word performance created just for this occasion. First Wave is a cutting-edge multicultural artistic program for students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It is the first university program in the country that is centered on urban arts, spoken word and hip hop culture. Bringing together young artists and leaders from across the U.S and beyond, the First Wave Learning Community offers students the opportunity to live, study and create together in a close-knit, dynamic campus community.
In addition to Mitchell and First Wave, the observance will also feature presentation of the City & County King Humanitarian awards by Mayor Paul Soglin and County Executive Joe Paris, a call to action, and the MLK Community Choir. The MLK Community Choir is led by one of Madison’s noted music directors Leotha Stanley with the assistance of two accomplished musicians -- his wife, Tamera Stanley and daughter, Letrice Stanley. Participation in the choir is open to all interested individuals. No registration or audition is required; interested individuals need only attend the two upcoming rehearsals at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2019 Fisher Street. These will take place on Tuesday, January 15, at 7:00pm and Saturday, January 19, at 11:00 a.m.