MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) The head of Madison's technical college laid out some challenges at the state's official observance of Martin Luther King Day. Madison College President Jack Daniels told a State Capitol audience yesterday that economic justice for the poor needs to become a reality -- just as Doctor King envisioned in 1968 when he organized the Poor Peoples' Campaign. Daniels also said the racial achievement gap in Madison's schools is "unacceptable." He noted that half of Madison's black students do not graduate high school on time -- and many African-American adults never achieve degrees or marketable skills.
Governor Scott Walker sang along to "We Shall Not Be Moved" during the Capitol ceremony.
Protesters again turned their backs on Walker while he was reading the state's proclamation for King Day. They held up signs reading "M-L-K Junior would have expanded Medicaid" and "Still a Liar."