Ali Muldrow Wins MLK Humanitarian Award

← back to blog

Progressive Dane is proud to announce that Ali Muldrow was chosen to receive the 2018 City-County Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award for her work promoting peace, understanding, and improving communication and cooperation between diverse populations in Dane County. Muldrow was endorsed by Progressive Dane during her 2017 Madison School Board campaign and continues to serve on the Steering Committee where she is helping draft the first local Education Platform in our county's history.

On Monday, January 15 at the Overture Center for the Arts, she accepted the award from Mayor Paul Soglin, who said that "Ali lives and inspires the dream of Dr. King." In her speech, Muldrow highlighted her ongoing work in education at GSAFE and called out the hypocrisy of "liberal" Madison being home to some of the worst racial disparities in the country, pointing to the disproportionate incarceration of her students who are predominantly of color and LGBTQ+. 

"As a young person, I struggled to understand how Madison could be so liberal, and racist enough to discriminate against children at school. Because, you see, it is no coincidence that children who were once enslaved in this country are now filling our Juvenile Detention Center...I am here tonight because we are determined to end the incarceration of children, and I am just getting started. I accept this award tonight, because our future is worth fighting for...this is not a speech, this is a call to action." 

Progressive Dane congratulates Muldrow on her award, and couldn't agree more!

Photo courtesy the Dane County Executive's Office.

Midwest Story Lab