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Jonathan Overby to Host MLK Tribute on PBS Wisconsin

Wisconsin will celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. live from the Capitol rotunda in Madison on Jan. 20, 12 pm. Produced, directed and hosted by Wisconsin Public Radio’s Jonathan Overby, the 40th annual official state ceremony is the nation’s oldest state celebration.

Ollie Watts Davis will deliver the keynote address. She is the Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of Illinois, where she teaches voice and conducts the Black Chorus. She is also a recording artist who has performed with orchestras and operas internationally. Her work includes a mentoring curriculum for young women, Talks My Mother Never Had with Me.

Gov. Tony Evers, the MLK Women’s Mass Choir, the Fall Gospel Fest Choir and Sista Strings will join Davis on the platform.

The MLK tribute is free and open to the public with limited seating and standing. Or, listen live on all WPR stations and at wpr.org. PBS Wisconsin’s Wisconsin Channel and pbswisconsin.org will also carry the event live, and a one-hour highlights broadcast will air on PBS Wisconsin’s flagship channel at 9 pm.