WPR Celebrates the Life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Wisconsin celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., live from the Capitol Rotunda in Madison, Jan. 21 at 12 pm. Produced, directed and hosted by Wisconsin Public Radio’s (WPR) Jonathan Overby, the 39th annual official state ceremony is the oldest state celebration in the country.

“By design, this year’s event will honor women from various backgrounds, in recognition of their historical role as pioneers, change makers and innovators in today’s world, and as leaders and champions of a better tomorrow,” said Overby.

Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning director, writer and producer Rita Coburn Whack will deliver the keynote address. Joining her on the platform will be Gov. Tony Evers, the MLK Women’s Mass Choir, the Victory Travelers gospel group, the Highland Pipers and pianist Becca May Grant.

The MLK 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 all WPR stations or watch live at For more information, visit