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A look back at Martin Luther King Jr.'s visits to Milwaukee

Martin Luther King Jr.
Posted at 5:58 AM, Jan 16, 2023

MILWAUKEE — Each year, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered nationwide for his impact on racial equality in America and Milwaukee is no exception in that remembrance.

His impact was felt around the Cream City, as Dr. King visited Milwaukee several times during his life. One of his first local speeches happened on Aug. 14, 1957, at the Grand Avenue Congressional Church, what is now the Irish Cultural & Heritage Center.

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He came back to Milwaukee on Jan. 27, 1964, for an event at the Milwaukee Auditorium, now the Miller High Life Theater. Dr. King spoke to over 6,000 Milwaukeeans during a pivotal moment in the nation’s struggle for equality.

Following his assassination in 1968,15,000 people marched through the streets of downtown Milwaukee. To this day it’s the largest civil rights demonstration in city history and was one of the biggest in the country at the time.

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Protests in Milwaukee over MLK's assassination.
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Protests in Milwaukee over MLK's assassination.

On his namesake holiday, the city will be celebrating his lifetime through a number of events happening around the city.

A few of those events are listed here.

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