The King Coalition was established in the fall of 1985 as a community group to plan the official City of Madison and Dane County observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The planning of this holiday celebration takes on special significance as people from all walks of life gather in the spirit of true brotherhood and sisterhood to commemorate the life and accomplishments of this renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement.

The 36th annual Madison-Dane County MLK Day Observance will take place virtually on Monday, January 18, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. This annual observance includes presentation of the MLK Humanitarian Award by City of Madison Mayor, Satya Rhodes-Conway and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. Noted musician Leotha Stanley will again lead the MLK Community Choir. The MC for this year’s observance will be Angela Fitzgerald, host of Wisconsin Life on Wisconsin Public Television and the keynote speaker will be NY Times Best Selling Author Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

Your donation will help to fund this service and other MLK Day observances. We will also be directly half of all proceeds to the following three organizations that are providing critical services in response to calls for racial justice, relief from the pandemic and economic crisis, and ongoing access to community resources for basic needs.

  • Latino Consortium for Action Emergency Relief Fund
  • Urban Triage
  • United Way 211
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