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Milwaukee celebrates MLK Day early with several ceremonies

Posted at 8:06 PM, Jan 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-19 21:06:49-05

MILWAUKEE — On Sunday, several ceremonies were held in the Milwaukee area in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

At the Salvation Army’s worship center in Oak Creek, people gathered to help bring those from all walks of life together.

“It’s exciting to see,” said Major Steven Woodard with the Salvation Army. “Different people from different backgrounds.”

Peter Sind usually attends another location's service. Today, he streamed the service for others to hear the MLK Day message.

The message: “Coming to the table.”

The 36th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Art, Writing and Speech contests were held at the Marcus Performing Arts Center.

The local event is one of two that’s been held annually since 1984. The other event is held in Atlanta.

"It's just amazing some of the things that they come up with," said Anthony Smith, Director of Community Engagement & Inclusion.

Students like Samawia Akhter gave speeches. The high school junior said she’s happy to be a part of the tradition.

"I love being able to get that message out to everyone in the crowd. The fact that everyone has significance," she said.

Several MLK Day events will also be held on Monday, January 20. They include, but aren’t limited to:

  • YMCA MLK Celebration Breakfast (Potawatomi Hotel and Casino 7a – 9a.)
  • General Baptist State Convention of WI MLK Breakfast (Canaan Baptist Church 8a)
  • City Year Day of Service (Lancaster Public School 8:30a)
  • Milwaukee Public Library Celebration (MPL 310 W. Locust St., 9a-5p)
  • Northwestern Mutual Employee Day of Service ( 909 E. Garfield Ave. 9a-1p.)

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