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The Mountaintop Legacy Award

Art by Mikal Floyd-Pruitt

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre is thrilled to share with its community Pulitzer Prize-winner Katori Hall’s celebrated stage play THE MOUNTAINTOP, an inspiring reimagining of the final night of the life of legendary Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 3rd, 1968, after delivering one of his most memorable speeches, Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel, where a mysterious stranger forces him to confront his destiny and legacy. A classic of the modern theater that in humanizing Dr. King suggests that we all have within us the power to be the change we wish to see in the world, THE MOUNTAINTOP will be directed by acclaimed Milwaukee theater artist Dimonte Henning. 


In keeping with its larger mission of bringing its community closer together while celebrating what makes Milwaukee great, and in partnership with CopyWrite Magazine, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, and Zao MKE Church, MCT will highlight Black excellence in Milwaukee during the run of THE MOUNTAINTOP through the Mountaintop Legacy Award. MCT will recognize at each MOUNTAINTOP performance one Milwaukee difference-maker who exemplifies the ideals of unity, equity, and locally led movements highlighted by Dr. King in his final speech, commonly referred to as “The Mountaintop Speech.”

Mountaintop Legacy Award recipients will be selected by a panel of MCT artists and community partners from nominations by the public of individuals who best exemplify Dr. King’s ideals across sectors including but not limited to political, nonprofit, business, educational, art, and tech.  



The Mountaintop Legacy Award nominees should reflect the following values in either their professional or personal pursuits:   


  • Leadership Excellence: Exhibit exceptional leadership qualities that inspire others, foster unity, and drive positive change.  

  • Impact on Community: Demonstrate commitment and significant contributions to improving the lives of those within their community.  

  • Collaboration and Inclusivity: Encourage collaboration, inclusivity, and diversity in initiatives, fostering unity and solidarity among various groups within Milwaukee. 

  • Resilience and Determination: Overcome challenges and obstacles while persistently striving for positive change. 

  • Dedication to Equity: Demonstrate commitment to promoting fairness, justice, and inclusivity across various domains.  


Who is eligible to win the award: Any Black or African American individual making a positive difference in Greater Milwaukee is eligible to receive a Mountaintop Legacy Award. Honorees will be given two complimentary tickets to see THE MOUNTAINTOP and will be publicly honored prior to the start of the play, as well as be featured on our social media channels and website. 


Nominations should be submitted using our online form. You will be asked for contact information and to provide no more than 500 words on how an individual exemplifies these ideals. If you should have any trouble accessing the form or need to provide a nomination in another way, please email our Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Audience Development & Engagement Associate, Katie Avila Loughmiller at

Nominations will close on Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 5 pm CT.
You may submit multiple nominations.


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