UPDATE: Hundreds Attend King Celebration at Capitol

UPDATED Monday, January 21, 2013 --- 6:55 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The widow of a leader in the Milwaukee civil rights movement of the 1960s says anyone who tries to curtail union rights is not following the tradition of Martin Luther King Jr.

The comments of Margaret Rozga, the widow of Father James Groppi, came during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the state Capitol.

Gov. Scott Walker sat just feet away from Rozga as she said anyone who tries to curtail collective bargaining rights of workers or suppresses the right to vote "doesn't stand with us."

Her comments drew cheers from the audience of hundreds in the Capitol.

Rozga's comments were in apparent reference to Walker's proposals curbing public workers collective bargaining rights and requiring photo identification at the polls.

Walker later read an MLK Day proclamation.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, January 21, 2013 --- 2:26 p.m.

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.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Monday, January 21, 2013 --- 8:30 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker plans to participate in a pair of events marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Wisconsin.

Walker is to start Monday at the annual Milwaukee YMCA Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast.

Walker will be in the Capitol over the noon hour to participate in the state's 33rd annual tribute and ceremony honoring King.

The guest speaker is journalist and author John W. Fountain.

The event also features 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.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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