The NAACP annual Dr. Martin Luther King/Rosa Parks celebration will be held on January 18, 2010, at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1345 W. Burleigh, Milwaukee, WI, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon.
The theme “Making the Day Count” was designed to reflect upon the importance of remembering and honoring the accomplishments of Dr. King and Ms. Parks, as well as to draw attention to the upcoming census and the importance of African American and Latino participation.
The event will serve as a celebration of the accomplishment of these great civil rights workers, and as an exciting kick-off for the NAACP’s 2010 Census activities.
Dr. Jerome Reide, NAACP – National Field Organizer, is the keynote speaker. Dr. Reide will reflect on the important contributions of Dr. King and Ms. Parks.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Civil Rights Service awards will be presented to local attorneys William Lynch, John Kenyatta Riley, Karyn Rotker, Rebecca Salawdeh, Richard Saks, and to the Hupy and Abraham law Firm, for their contribution to ensuring equal rights for all people.
The Rosa Parks Community Service awards will be presented to Dorothy Carr, Linda Conyers – Jackson, and Joan Hollingsworth for their dedicated service to the Milwaukee Branch NAACP.
Census representatives will make a presentation and be on hand to answer any questions.
The NAACP’s special guest this year is Voces de la Frontera. Voces de la Frontera is one of Wisconsin’s leading Latino rights groups.
Executive director Christine Neumann-Ortiz will speak to the importance of African American and Latino solidarity and collaboration, and also the importance of African American and Latino participation in the 2010 Census.
Entertainment will be provided by Van Earl Patterson and the NAACP Convention Choir. The program is open to the public. For more information, please call 414 562-1000.