YMCA of Metro Milwaukee Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 25th Annual Event

NEW BERLIN, Wis. (CBS 58) – The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated across the country on Jan. 17, and also here in Wisconsin.

The YMCA of the Milwaukee Metro Area hosted its 25and annual event on Monday mornings.

The event was virtual this year due to COVID, but that didn’t change the impact of Dr. King’s dream.

One of the biggest messages from the YMCA event is that no change is ever too small.

“People should be treated equally and fairly, not because of how they look or where they live. That wasn’t part of Dr. King’s dream,” said third-grade student James Kelly, Jr. at Milwaukee College Prep – Lloyd Street School, said during his address.

The words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continue to resonate strongly in the youngest of souls.

“We can no longer just do what’s comfortable if we want to change,” Darby Koehne, a middle school student at St. Mary’s Visitation School, said during his speech.

Three students won the YMCA Spoken Word Challenge and performed their pieces, influenced by Dr. King’s mission for civil rights, social justice and change.

National and local authorities encouraged everyone to come together and work as one.

“For our state and our nation to thrive, every community must work together,” Governor Tony Evers said.

“We need many partners to work side-by-side in pursuit of healthier communities and better life outcomes for all,” said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley.

Terri Alise Mims, a junior at Milwaukee Lutheran High School, also echoed Dr King’s call to action for justice, fairness and equality.

“Let the inner goodness pour out. A real journey, let’s improvise the route. Hate has made our souls dry. But with love we will understand how life is about to change,” Mims said during of his speech.

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