City of Madison

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Equal Opportunities Ordinance Resolution

Please join us on Tuesday December 3, 2013 at the Common Council meeting at 6:30 pm in Room 201 of the City-County Building to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Equal Opportunities Ordinance signing.

Reflecting on Fifty Years of Equal Opportunities in the City of Madison

Please join us on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 4:00-7:00 pm, in the lobby of the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd, as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the City of Madison's Equal Opportunities Ordinance. The Celebration will be a flowing reception with brief programs at 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm, featuring comments by Mayor Paul Soglin, past and current civil rights leaders, short performances by local artists and refreshments.

A Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Key Civil Rights Events

The year of 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of a number of key historical events of the Civil Rights Movement nationally as well as locally. At the national level we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

This year also marks the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. At the local level we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the City of Madison Equal Opportunities Ordinance which was signed in December of 1963.

The City of Madison is organizing a series of monthly events to celebrate these key historical events. The theme of our celebration Remembering the Past, Mapping the Future intends to honor the past accomplishments while stressing current Civil Rights issues that require our continued commitment and attention. The kickoff event will be Friday, August 30, 2013 from 11:30am to 1:00pm.

We hope you can join us in celebrating the history and legacy of great leaders.