2016 Martin Luther King Service



Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities & the Fox Cities
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service


25th Annual DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION
Featuring 
DR. ANGELA DAVIS  

“Breaking the Chains of Injustice”   

Monday, January 18, 2016 6:30 p.m.

Lawrence Memorial Chapel

Social justice icon, scholar and author
Dr. Angela Davis will deliver the keynote address at the 25th annual community celebration of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Monday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. 

The theme for this year’s celebration is "Breaking the Chains of Injustice." The event is free and open to the public. A sign language interpreter will be present. 

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Davis has devoted her life to social justice movements domestically and internationally as a student, writer, scholar and activist/organizer. Much of her latest work focuses on social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. 

“It is with great pride and excitement that we look forward to having Dr. Angela Davis deliver our keynote address at the 25th anniversary of our community celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Kathy Flores, the diversity coordinator for the City of Appleton and chairperson of the MLK organizing committee. “As an activist, educator, author and prison abolitionist, Dr. Davis continues to inspire me. I know her message will inspire all of us that evening.” 

In 1970, Davis was placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.” She spent 18 months in jail and on trial before being acquitted by a jury. Davis has drawn on those experiences as an author of nine books, including 2005’s “Abolition Democracy” and 2003’s “Are Prisons Obsolete?” in which she argues for "decarceration." 

Davis, who studied at Brandeis University and the Sobornne in Paris, is currently Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and of Feminist Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz, where she has spent the past 15 years.

Her career as an educator and scholar has seen Davis teach at San Francisco State University, Mills College, University of California Berkeley, Stanford University and Vassar College, among others. 

Nominations are currently being accepted for two Jane LaChapelle McCarty-MLK Awards, one for a community leader and one for an educator. The community leader award honors an individual who has brought different people in the community together in the spirit of Dr. King. The educator award recognizes an individual who educates in the spirit of Dr. King. 

Limited to two pages in length, nominations can be submitted to the attention of Dr. Bola Delano-Oriaran and Dr. Sabrina Robins via email at fcdrmlkevent@gmail.com by Jan. 6, 2016. Nominations should include contact email addresses and phone numbers of the nominee and the nominator. Award recipients will be announced Jan. 18 at the community celebration.

Contact: 
Rick Peterson, Lawrence University Manager of Media Relations, 920-832-6590/richard.peterson@lawrence.edu
Kathy Flores, Diversity Coordinator, City of Appleton, 920-832-1564 / kathy.flores@appleton.org
  

History of the Event & Award Recipients 


 24th Annual DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION
Featuring Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings  

“Fulfilling the Dream of Opportunity”   

Monday, January 19, 2015 6:30 p.m.

Lawrence Memorial Chapel

This year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will take place on the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on Monday, January 19, 2015 at the Lawrence University Memorial Chapel on College Avenue in Appleton, beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

Our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings. Dr. Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Chair of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and Faculty Affiliate in the Departments of Educational Policy Studies, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, and Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of several books and over 100 articles. She is the winner of many scholarly awards and is quite active in the community within past and current involvement in several organizations, including as a lifelong member of the NAACP and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Dr. Ladson-Billings will present on this year’s theme, “Fulfilling the Dream of Opportunity.”

The program will include winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest who will read their winning essays. The celebration will also include the announcement of the winner of the Jane LaChapelle McCarty MLK Award.  We have added the new category of “Educator Award” in addition to “Community Leader” to the award portion of the program so we will present two awards on that evening.  Flyers for all awards are enclosed.  We also look forward to inspiring musical performances again.


23rd DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION
Featuring Dr. Margaret Rozga  

“Dr. King’s Non-Violence, Today’s Non-Violence.”   

Monday, January 20, 2014 6:30 p.m.

Lawrence Memorial Chapel


Program Includes:

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Margaret Rozga 
Poet, playwright and professor emerita of English at UW-Waukesha
Introduced by Sarah Long-Radloff

Welcome by Lawrence University President Mark Burstein, MLK Chair Kathy Flores and Rev. Roger Bertschausen

Invocation by Pastor G.A. Manns

Jane LaChapelle McCarty Unity in Diversity Award presented by Rev. Roger Bertschausen

MLK Children and Youth Essay Contest Winners presented by Dr. Bola Delano-Oriaran

Music by: Erica Hamilton, Tony Gonzalez and the Appleton West Chamber Choir

Free and Open to the Public

Freewill offering will be taken to support MLK program with guest ushers Girl Scout Troop #2101, Appleton WI 

Hosted by Toward Community and Lawrence University

Supported and sponsored by many area churches and faith organizations, businesses, schools and individuals to be listed in program



Rev. Wanda J. Washington

"Building a Just World"

22nd Annual 

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.        CELEBRATION 

Featuring Rev. Wanda J. Washington

Monday, January 21, 2013 at the Lawrence University Memorial Chapel

Monday, January 18, 2010, 6:30 PM
Lawrence University Memorial Chapel in 
Appleton.

The celebration is free and open to the public.Sign language interpretation will be provided. Following the program, all are invited to a reception.


For the past 22 years, The Fox Cities Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, sponsored by Toward Community and the Lawrence University Office of Multicultural Affairs, would not have existed without the support of many Fox Valley organizations. 

This year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will take place on the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on Monday, January 21, 2013 at the Lawrence University Memorial Chapel on College Avenue in Appleton, beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

Back by popular demand, this year’s keynote speaker will be Rev. Wanda J. Washington. Rev. Washington is the retired minister from Grace United Church of Christ in Milwaukee.  After completing her master’s degree, she worked in special education and taught deaf-blind students for 20 years in Chicago.  In 1986, she accepted her call to ministry and began to attend the Chicago Theological Seminary where she received her Master’s of Divinity degree.  After she was ordained in 1993, she served as associate pastor and director of Pastoral Services at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. In April of 2006, Rev. Washington became the first African American female minister to start a new church for the UCCs in the state of Wisconsin. Reverend Washington will inspire us in the message that “Building a Just World”.
 We look forward to hearing vocal performances by Lawrence University student Zoie Reams and the Appleton East High Choir. In addition, the program will include winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest who will read their winning essays.  Enclosed is a flyer about the contest. Please share the flyer with youth 2nd through 12th grade.  The celebration will also include the announcement of the winner of the Jane LaChapelle McCarty Unity in Diversity Award.  A flyer containing details about this special award is enclosed as well.  I encourage you to nominate someone you think should be recognized for their dedication to diversity by their efforts and strides to bring different people together in our community. 

APPLETON, WIS. - Rev. Wanda J. Washington, the first African-American female member of the United Church of Christ to start a new church in Wisconsin, will deliver the keynote address at the 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Monday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel in downtown Appleton.

The celebration, presented by Lawrence University and Toward Community: Unity in Diversity, with the support of numerous organizations, individuals and churches throughout the Fox Valley, is free and open to the public. The Appleton Area School District is one of the sponsors. The Post-Crescent and WFRV-TV CBS 5 are media partners for the event.

The theme for this year's celebration - " Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that" - is drawn from King's 1963 book "Strength to Love," a collection of some of his classic sermons on social justice and non-violence.

"Those are more than just words Dr. King delivered, they resonate with me as the true essence of Dr. King and his life's work," said Kathy Flores, the chair of the MLK committee and the intercultural relations coordinator for the city of Appleton. "Dr. King may have died by an act of violence, but he lived by acts of love and light. We hope that Fox Valley residents will join us for the celebration to hear Rev. Washington's message of love conquering hate as we celebrate Dr. King's life and are reminded that his legacy lives on through us."

Pa Lee Moua, Lawrence University assistant dean of students for multicultural affairs, said King's message remains vitally relevant today.

"Although history reflects what has been done in the past, it's still very much a part of our future," said Moua. "Dr. King's mission has and will continue to shape our nation and the lives of our children for many generations to come. Individually, it is our responsibility to continue his legacy by serving our community and striving for equality and social justice for all. As a community we need to stand together, lead by example and inspire others to make a difference."

Washington spent 20 years as a special education teacher working with deaf and blind students in Glen Ellyn, Ill., before pursuing a master's of divinity degree. She will speak on the power of hope, the many positive changes King hoped would occur in the country and the importance of people remaining hopeful in the face of adversity.

After graduating from the Chicago Theological Seminary, Washington served as associate pastor at Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ for more than 10 years. In 2006, she moved to Wisconsin and started Grace United Church of Christ in Milwaukee. The church now serves more than 200 members.

The evening's celebration will include the annual presentation by Toward Community of the organization's Jane LaChapelle McCarty Unity in Diversity Award, which recognizes an area individual who has made great strides in bringing different people in the community together.

The celebration also will feature area students reading their winning essays which focus on King's theme of love triumphing over hate. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Menasha High School Marching Band and Lawrence University singer Sirgourney Tanner.

A sign language interpreter will be present for the program and a reception for all in attendance will be held following the event.

 

History

The first Martin Luther King Service was held on Jan. 16, 1992 at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Appleton.  In subsequent years, it was held at various Appleton churches before finding a permanent home at the Lawrence University Memorial Chapel. 

The Unity in Diversity Award was first presented in 1995, and the Martin Luther King Essay Contest for youth debuted in 1994.  In 2005, the award has been renamed the Jane LaChapelle McCarty Unity in Diversity Award, honoring a Toward Community founding member and loving activist who departed from our community too soon.

Sponsorship has grown from thirteen co-sponsors in 1992 to over thirty co-sponsors currently.  Toward Community: Unity in Diversity was formed in 1993 and became the primary sponsor beginning with the 1994 celebration. 


Jane LaChapelle McCarty
1957-2004

Themes

 
Year
 
Theme
 
Keynote Speaker
Unity in Diversity 
Award Winner
1992
Martin Luther King: Celebrating Our DiversityHerbert Perkins
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1993
Celebrating the King, Gandhi LegacyArun Gandhi
-
1994
Recommitting to King's Dream of Race UnityFannie Hicklin
-
1995
Chaos or Community?Ronald DunlapRonald Dunlap
1996
Keeping Hope AliveAll Saints Catholic Church ChoirPafoua Vang
1997
Lift Every Voice and SingFive ChoirsMy Thao Vue Ly
1998
Living Together, Working TogetherMulti-media (Ric Ballin)Timothy Gierke
1999
Celebration through HarmonyPastor G. MannsRichard Myers
2000
Moving Forward, Looking Back: Celebrating the Spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.Melvene ConeyTeresa Castillo
2001
Challenge to Take the Next StepsJames CameronScott Peeples
2002
Unity in DiversityHon. Maxine Aldridge WhiteJoe Laux
2003
Understanding: Expressions of Respect.Nikki GiovanniKathy Flores
2004
Diversity: Quest for UnderstandingCaptain William PinkneyDr. Bola Delano
2005
Civil Rights: The Continuing Quest for EqualityPastor Linda GaskinJuan "Mito" Kudaka
2006
Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?Eugene KaneShannon Kenevan
2007For the Common Good - Is King's Dream Still Relevant Today?Justice Louis ButlerBob Pedersen
2008Dr. King's Legacy -- What Is Our Responsibility?Nancy Giles

Nancy Heykes

2009Beyond Dr. King’s Dream: Next StepsBola Delano-OriaranHenry Golde
2010Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do thatRev. Wanda J. WashingtonKathi Seifert