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Madison ceremonies honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MADISON (WKOW) — Ceremonies across Madison and the country celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Children sang at the Overture Center before a program which called on people to work to help others and fight injustice.

Wesley Sparkman, director of the Dane County Office of Equity and Inclusion, says these honors are designed to inspire others – especially young people – to serve their communities.

“When you get down to the service and helping others, I think that’s something people can relate to. And I think that’s something kids can relate to, seniors can relate to, who have seen how important and valuable it is over time.”

Monday’s program honored Cheryl Brown Henderson, daughter of Oliver Brown, who was a plaintiff on the Brown v. Board of Education case, which ultimately ended segregation in public schools.

She now works to ensure every child has a chance at a good education.

60 kids from 9 Madison faith communities also gathered at First Congregational Church for a day of workshops and service projects.

Organizers say the event helps build bridges and community.

Amber Noggle

Anchor, 27 News at 5, 6 and 10

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