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MLK event in Middleton celebrates progress, addresses racism

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MLK event in Middleton celebrates progress, addresses racism

MLK event in Middleton celebrates progress, addresses racism

Leaders in the African-American community celebrated their heritage and addressed events of racism at the MLK Forum for Social Action in Middleton on Saturday

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MLK event in Middleton celebrates progress, addresses racism

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This weekend... we're honor the life and work of doctor martin luther king junior... and as the nation celebrates... so do people in dane county.... adam duxter tells us how recent events of alleged bigotry in middleton had an impact on a celebration of dr. king's life today... amanda... leaders at the mlk forum for social action did not shy away from talking about the recent incidents in classrooms around dane county... but are taking the time to celebrate how far things have come.

Dancing singing and spoken word all part of an effort to redefine what this holiday weekend is all about.

(((percy brown///ceo, critical conciousness education consultin))) in the past few years, i've just been frustrated with the typical i have a dream mlk, nat mlk is so much more than what we tend to see this weekend around his i have a dream speech.

Percy brown, the ceo of critical conciousness education, says there has long been an idea the impacts of jim crow do not reach wisconsin.... (((pcy brown///ceo, critical conciousness education consulting))) the narrative around the issue of racism has always been that it's been in the south... but speakers at tonight's event shared personal stories of the racism they've experienced first hand... after the de- segregation of public schools 62 years ago... they also acknolwledged the presence of racism in our schools today.... a middleton teacher is currently on leave for allegedly using a racial slur in front of a student.

And this is one of several incidents of teachers using slurs in the classroom around the area.

((((percy brown///ceo, critical conciousness education consulting))))it's our new reality....because of the national climate... these things have resurfaced .

Brown says it's important to address what's happenening in order to make progress.

((((percy brown///ceo, critical conciousness education consulting)))) if we dont confront those issues, things won't change.... tonight's event... a celebration of how far the communities around us have come... but looking towards how dane county can continue to grow.

(((percy brown///ceo, critical conciousness education consulting))) we have some work to do.

To blame that on black people or that stereotypes are the reason for what we're seeing... that's not justice.

At tonight's event... one man shared his experience of going through the desegregation process himself.... as a young man.... he says it's a reminder... just how short of a time ago that was in our nation's history if you missed this event... there are a number of other m-l-k day events around the area the next few days.

Tomorrow is the martin luther king junior outstanding young person breakfast at edgewood high school.

For 35 years... the event has celebrated students of color and their academic achievement, exra-curricular involvement, and service to their community.

Its hosted by the urban league of greater madison and the king coalition.

We'll be there ... and bring you that story..

Tomorrow on news 3




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