The largest Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in the state came with a call for action.
"You look at race relations and that they're at an all time low," said State Representative Mandela Barnes. "We have to remember the dream of Dr. King. Everybody throughout our society, we have to remember that through persistence, through love and through collaboration is how we get to a higher point than we are now."
Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett took that thought even further. He pleaded for financial help for the city's YMCA, saying giving to the "Y" is one way you can help the kids in the inner city; the same kids Dr. King was trying to help.
The YMCA filed for bankruptcy in summer 2014 and several Y's had to be sold to neighboring communities.