MPS celebrate Dr. King Birthday with winners of art, speech and writing contests

January 19, 2023

Photos by Kim Robinson

On Monday, January 16, 2023, Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) held their “39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration,” at the Marcus Performing Arts Center, 929 N. Water St. The event is a formal observance of the birthday of Dr. King. The Milwaukee community, along with Milwaukee Public Schools students and teachers, observed Dr. King’s birthday and learned about his legacy throughout the week. King would been 94 years old this year. The theme for this year’s event was “Working Toward a World of Peace.” The event also took the opportunity to award student winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech and Essay Contests who delivered their speeches and read their essays during the celebration.

This year’s winners were art contest winners Jayla Santana (Grades K-2), Marra Chrara (Grades 3-5), Aida El-Hajjar (Grades 6-8) and Favee Xiong (Grades 9-12); speech contest winners Ashe Henry (K-2), Priscilla Nsau (Grades 3-4), Christian Lara (Grades 5-6), Kayle Phillips (Grades 7-8), Harmony Allen (Grades 9-10) and Malcolm Bishop (Grades 11-12); writing contest winners Khyei Thang (Grades 2-3), Mahogany Hill (Grades 4-5), Harper Edmonds (Grade 6), Syria Winston-Robertson (Grades 7-8), Taliyah Gran (Grades 9-10) and Tatiyana Dockery (Grades 11-12). Winning students were given plaques for their outstanding writings about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.On Monday, January 16, 2023, Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) held their “39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration,” at the Marcus Performing Arts Center, 929 N. Water St. The event is a formal observance of the birthday of Dr. King. The Milwaukee community, along with Milwaukee Public Schools students and teachers, observed Dr. King’s birthday and learned about his legacy throughout the week. King would been 94 years old this year. The theme for this year’s event was “Working Toward a World of Peace.” The event also took the opportunity to award student winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech and Essay Contests who delivered their speeches and read their essays during the celebration. This year’s winners were art contest winners Jayla Santana (Grades K-2), Marra Chrara (Grades 3-5), Aida El-Hajjar (Grades 6-8) and Favee Xiong (Grades 9-12); speech contest winners Ashe Henry (K-2), Priscilla Nsau (Grades 3-4), Christian Lara (Grades 5-6), Kayle Phillips (Grades 7-8), Harmony Allen (Grades 9-10) and Malcolm Bishop (Grades 11-12); writing contest winners Khyei Thang (Grades 2-3), Mahogany Hill (Grades 4-5), Harper Edmonds (Grade 6), Syria Winston-Robertson (Grades 7-8), Taliyah Gran (Grades 9-10) and Tatiyana Dockery (Grades 11-12). Winning students were given plaques for their outstanding writings about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.