Hundreds attend King celebration at Capitol

Published On: Jan 21 2013 02:23:05 PM CST
Martin Luther King Jr.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

Hundreds of people are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day at a Capitol celebration featuring music, speeches and prayers.

Gov. Scott Walker, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and University of Wisconsin President Kevin Reilly were among those who attended the state's 33rd annual tribe and ceremony on Monday honoring King.

Journalist and author John W. Fountain gave the keynote address. Howard Fuller, the former superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools received the MLK 2013 Heritage Award. Father James Groppi, an activist who died in 1985, also received the award which was presented to his widow.

The event featured performances from Milwaukee's Latino Arts Strings program, Ho-Chunk Native American Drum and Dance Ensemble, Malcolm Williams and the Voices of Great Faith and Madison Bagpipers.