WPR celebrates life of MLK
Wisconsin Public Radio presents the 38th annual tribute and ceremony honoring Martin Luther King Jr. in the Capitol Rotunda at noon Monday. This year's theme is "Do You Remember," featuring clinician, lecturer, actor, and Milwaukee-native Muhibb Dyer.
The program also includes the presentation of the state of Wisconsin Proclamation honoring King, MLK Honor Guard Tribute, and the announcement of the 2018 MLK Heritage Awards. Chicago's Travelers Gospel Quartet and the Milwaukee Children's Choir performs in tribute. Produced, directed and hosted by WPR's Jonathan Overby, Wisconsin's annual ceremony is the oldest official state celebration in the country.
"This historical event in Wisconsin is designed to draw us to gather in the spirit of good community by celebrating both our differences and our commonalities," said Overby.
Dyer, a motivational speaker specializing in dropout recovery and trauma mitigation, is co-founder of the Flood the Hood with Dreams organization and its "I Will Not Die Young" campaign. The organization focuses on empowering youth and ending cycles of violence through conflict-resolution training and youth rallies. Dyer grew up in Milwaukee's 53206 area — the most incarcerated zip code in America.
The murder of his godson prompted Dyer to lead the creation of Flood the Hood with Dreams. He has since reached thousands of young people through keynotes addresses, conflict-resolution workshops, theatrical presentations and seminars.
The tribute and ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda is free and open to the public with limited seating and standing. People throughout the state can listen live on Wisconsin Public Radio and at wpr.org. Wisconsin Public Television's Wisconsin Channel and wpt.org will also air the program live. A one-hour highlights broadcast airs on Wisconsin Public Television at 9:30 p.m. Monday. Find details at wpr.org/mlk.
Wisconsin Public Radio can be heard locally on 91.3 KUWS-FM and online at www.wpr.org.