Only two cities have celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday annually since 1984: Atlanta and Milwaukee. To keep that tradition alive, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee staff were honored to help plan the Marcus Center for Performing Arts’ 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration. The event recognizes children in our community that celebrate Dr. King through an art, speech and writing contest.
Boys & Girls Clubs members participated in the event festivities, sharing their creative appreciation for such an important figure in our nation’s history. Dancers from the Hayes Bilingual Boys & Girls Club’s Grupo Danza Folklorico program performed one of the group’s energetic dances on stage, and Can You Hear Us Now? program member Malik Johnson performed a hip hop cello song. Additionally, Hayes Bilingual Club member Tania Isidoro won the second grade writing and speech competition. The celebration demonstrated the excellence of Milwaukee’s youth arts community, and we were proud to have our Club members be a part of it.
Our Club members’ reverence for Dr. King’s timeless message is on display again at our Fine Arts Exhibit at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design this week. The art exhibit is open through Saturday, January 23 and showcases many impactful pieces from our talented artists, including paintings of Dr. King and Rosa Parks that were made possible by our Youth Arts Initiative, funded by The Wallace Foundation. You can celebrate our children’s expressive creations by visiting MIAD this weekend!
Photo: Joe Brusky Photography