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Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King Library, located at 310 W. Locust St., opened in 1971 as the Locust Library. In 1973 the library was re-dedicated in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Martin Luther King Day
Monday, January 19
Celebrate the Arts!

Martin Luther King Library open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Commemorate the life of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement through live music, dancing, dramatic presentations, art activities and more. [pdf list of events] [press release]

Free Blood Pressure Screenings
9:30-11 a.m.
When is the last time you had your blood pressure checked? Four out of ten African American adults have high blood pressure. Get a FREE blood pressure screening by nurses from the Columbia College of Nursing.

Create a Community Mural
10 a.m.
Calling all artists! Join our fabulous Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and create a mural painting with Milwaukee artist Fatima Laster of FKL Visual Arts. 

The Imani Dancers
12-12:30 p.m.
Enjoy a hip hop dance presentation brought to you by Martin Luther King Elementary School’s African American Immersion Program. 

African American Children’s Theatre
12:30-1 p.m.
Watch AACT perform the first act of their play, “Milwaukee Heroes”, and deliver monologues about Dr. King.

Music of the Civil Rights
2-3 p.m.
Take a walk down memory lane with the Larry Moore Trio. Listen to live renditions of the music that kept the Civil Rights Movement alive.

Poetry Slam
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Enjoy spoken word performances focused on Dr. King’s life and dreams.

Martin Luther King Library features:
  • Twenty-one computers with internet access and Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel.
  • an African American Collection which includes both current and historical works of fiction and non-fiction reflecting African-American life and culture.
  • Entertainment DVD movies for all ages as well as books on CD and non-fiction DVDs.
  • free computer classes for adults including computer basics, internet use, word processing and more.
  • a sizable collection of permanent art, some pertaining to Dr. King, and a unique accordion book by Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. which contains Dr. King’s most noted quotations and adinkra symbols associated with the Ashanti people.
  • a large meeting room space open to the public for community meetings and neighborhood programming.
  • Originally introduced in 1989 as “Black Role Models in Milwaukee,” the Milwaukee Leaders collection honors those chosen by members of the community as exemplifying strong role models for their own generation and for those that follow.

Upcoming Events at Martin Luther King

Mar 2
Drop-In Job Help!
12:00 PM

Need help getting a job online? A job trainer specialist will…

Mar 2
Teacher in the Library
3:30 PM

Teachers are available after school at selected libraries to assist…

Mar 3
Teacher in the Library
3:30 PM

Teachers are available after school at selected libraries to assist…

Mar 3
Computer Class: Intro to Excel
5:30 PM

Intro to Excel Learn to create, edit and format simple spreadsheets,…