Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2023 with Service and Education!

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (MLK) is Monday, January 16, 2023, and Appleton is celebrating with activities to learn and serve families in our community in his honor. It’s great to have off of work and school, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity to have conversations with our kids about civil rights, giving back, and serving others in the tradition of MLK.

Appleton Area School District is hosting their annual MLK Community Day of Service to recognize and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

2023 Martin Luther King Jr Day Events in the Fox Cities, Appleton, and Green Bay

Lawrence University, Appleton

Lawrence University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 32nd Annual Fox Cities MLK Celebration: What is Your Life’s Blue Print?

  • Date: Monday, January 16, 2023, WI
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Details: FREE & open to the public
  • Keynote Speaker: Mr. Harry Sanders, CEO of Madison 365
  • Featuring Music by: Musical performances by Rosanna Williams (Appleton Area School District) and Kyree Allen (Lawrence University, 2022)

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

28th Annual Brown County MLK Celebration: Reaching for the Mountaintops…How do we get there? – This event – which is FREE and open to the public – brings our communities together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Date: January 14, 2023
  • Time: 10:30 am – 12 pm
  • Location: Virtually or In-Person at NWTC campus, 2740 W Mason St., Green Bay, WI
  • Details:
    • K-12 contest to creatively interpret this year’s theme of “Reaching for the Mountaintops…how do we get there?”
    • Performances from Washington and Lombardi middle school, Dr. John W. Miller Jr, and more
    • Teacher and community award recognitions
    • Enjoy a light cultural cuisine after the show

Appleton East High School

Black History Month – FREE Community Celebration

Help celebrate Black culture and history at this FREE student-led community event! The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley’s Appleton East STAR team is working collaboratively with Appleton Area School District staff, People of Progression, and Opportunity Youth Initiative to empower a group of 10-12 students to plan and implement this community event celebrating Black history and Black culture.

This event will include entertainment, contests, games, and prizes, along with the opportunity to receive family portraits by John Nance. Guest speaker, Marvin Jones will be speaking about the importance of Black history and Black excellence in America, and how this connects to the world we live in today along with a look ahead. There will also be a number of student speakers and performances including poetry, song, and jazz ensemble. Community resources will also be present at this event.

Additional supporters for this event include African Heritage Inc., Appleton Education Foundation, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

  • Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023
  • Time: 12 – 4 pm
  • Location: Appleton East High School, 2121 E. Emmers Drive Appleton

MLK Jr Book Recommendations

Thank you to Little Chute Public Library for pulling ideas for our readers. If you have the day off and want to explore ideas for service and learn about Martin Luther King Jr., stop into the library and enjoy the new dramatic play area, free coffee, and library pets!

Martin Luther King Jr Book for Kids

For Kids

  • I am Martin Luther King Jr.
    • Presents an illustrated biography of the man who spent his life pursuing his dream of equality and peace and was at the forefront of the civil rights movement until his assassination in 1968.
    • Find on InfoSoup
    • Find on Amazon
Books for Adults and Young Adults

For Young Adults

  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
    • Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.
    • Find on InfoSoup
    • Find on Amazon

For Adults

  • The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation by Anna Malaika Tubbs
    • “In her groundbreaking and essential debut, The Three Mothers, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America’s most pivotal heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin.”
    • Find on InfoSoup
    • Find on Amazon
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life by Marshall Frady


MLK Jr. Community Day of Service

Location: West High School, 610 N. Badger Ave, Appleton

Date: TBA for 2023

Time: TBA for 2023

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