Current state of politics a focus of annual MLK, Jr. Day observance in Madison

UPDATE (WKOW) — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day comes at a time the nation is reeling from the U.S. Capitol insurrection.

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said in her blog “…We need Doctor King’s vision as much as we ever have…”

The keynote speaker of the annual City of Madison & Dane County observance of MLK day was Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. He touched on the riot in his speech. He said the last few weeks have ripped off the mask of this nation’s politics.

“In so many ways, the genie is finally out of the bottle. our task is not to push it back in. but to finally imagine the country without this need, without this belief that white people ought to matter more than others,” said Glaude, Jr.

Glaude, Jr. is the chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton.

MADISON (WKOW) — The annual City of Madison & Dane County observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday will be held virtually on Monday evening. Eddie S. Glaude, NY Times best selling author will give the keynote speech.

The Observance will also feature presentation of the Madison-Dane County Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and Mayor of Madison Satya Rhodes-Conway.

The MC for this year’s observance will be Angela Fitzgerald, host of Wisconsin Life on Wisconsin Public Television. Noted musician Leotha Stanley will lead a virtual version of MLK Community Choir.

Click HERE to watch the event beginning at 5:45 p.m..

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