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Milwaukee Bucks To Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day On Jan. 16 vs. Indiana Pacers

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Game is presented by We Energies

The Milwaukee Bucks will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16 when they host the Indiana Pacers at Fiserv Forum at 1:30 p.m. CT. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Game, presented by We Energies, honors Dr. King’s legacy and the National Day of Service established by the federal holiday.

Inspired by Dr. King’s spirit of volunteerism and community advocacy, the Bucks are hosting a nonprofit fair during Monday’s game on the upper concourse of Fiserv Forum. A variety of local nonprofit organizations will be set up at tables outside of Section 228 to share their missions with fans and provide information on future volunteer opportunities. The nonprofits scheduled to attend include 100 Black Men of Milwaukee, African American Breastfeeding Network, Groundwork Milwaukee, Public Allies Wisconsin, Safe & Sound and WestCare Wisconsin.

At halftime, the Bucks will recognize the 18 winners of We Energies’ annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speech Contest. Kindergarten through 12th grade students in Milwaukee Public Schools were asked to write a speech following the theme, “working toward a world of peace.” The contest is designed to strengthen students’ reading, writing and public speaking skills while encouraging them to learn about and support the dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The winners from each grade level are listed below: 

  • Kindergarten through second grade: 
    • 1st place: Ashe Henry, Lowell Elementary School
    • 2nd place: Rosalie Pakalske-Buchanan, Craig Montessori School
    • 3rd place: Ariah Shanklin, Forest Home Avenue School
  • Third and fourth grade: 
    • 1st place: Priscilia Nsau, Lowell Elementary School
    • 2nd place: Raymond Mitchell, Forest Home Avenue School
    • 3rd place: Grace Wierer, Craig Montessori School
  • Fifth and sixth grade: 
    • 1st place: Christian Lara, Lowell Elementary School
    • 2nd place: Kingston Pearson-Lockett, Samuel Clemens Elementary School
    • 3rd place: Adenike Precious Olowu, Golda Meir Upper Campus
  • Seventh and eighth grade: 
    • 1st place: Kayle Phillips, Golda Meir Upper Campus
    • 2nd place: Praise Ayodabo, Eastbrook Academy
    • 3rd place: Marceana Akins, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary 
  • Ninth and 10th grade: 
    • 1st place: Harmony Allen, Riverside University High School
    • 2nd place: Brinya Baker, Eastbrook Academy
    • 3rd place: Chanerion Mike, Barack Obama School of Career and Education
  • 11th and 12th grade: 
    • 1st place: Malcom Bishop, Vincent High School
    • 2nd place: Brandon Gorton, Ronald Reagan IB High School
    • 3rd place: Chai McCrary, Eastbrook Academy

During the game, the Bucks will also show a video spotlight on Dr. William Finlayson, who attended Morehouse College with Dr. King. The 98-year-old Milwaukee resident was instrumental in bringing Dr. King to Milwaukee during the civil rights movement.

Tickets are still available for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Game, presented by We Energies, at www.bucks.com/single.