Celebrate Black History Month with Madison Public Library

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of the achievements by African Americans and a time to honor the central role of black Americans in U.S. history and beyond.

Visit the Madison Public Library’s dedicated page to events around Madison this month! Many of the events are virtual so you can safely attend!

https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/events/special-series/black-history-month

Congratulations to Vice President Harris

Congratulations to Vice President Kamala Harris as the first female vice president, the first African American woman and the first woman of South Asian descent to hold that office. She is an inspiration to many and demonstrates to our BIPOC youth that they can aspire to hold one of the highest elected offices in the land. At a time when our nation is reeling from unprecedented civil unrest, Vice President Harris can lead the way toward healing.

Read more here

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I think one of the best ways to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, is to remember his dream. #Honor #Respect #Truth

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
August 28th, 1963 – Washington D.C.

“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.”

From Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway’s blog

Please join me and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi next Monday, January 18, at 6:00 pm at the City-County Humanitarian Award Ceremony honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The award winners, selected by the City-County Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, are community members who reflect the values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While the names of the awardees will not be public until closer to the event, I ask that you mark the ceremony on your calendar. You can log on to the event at this site: http://mlkingcoalition.org . It will be a wonderful evening, with music, speakers and gratitude for individuals who work to honor the legacy of Dr. King every day.

I  look forward to welcoming, and listening to, keynote speaker Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.  – a NY Times best-selling author, respected commentator, and Princeton University Professor. For more information about this event, other King Coalition events, and other community events planned to commemorate the King Holiday you can access the King Coalition Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/kingcoalition/ 

https://www.cityofmadison.com/mayor/blog/honoring-rev-dr-martin-luther-king-jr