By Michelle Richards and the Associated Press. CREATED Jan 20, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan 20, 2014
MILWAUKEE - People across southeastern Wisconsin are celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee is hosting its 17th annual breakfast to commemorate King's work to advance civil rights with nonviolence and his mission of service.
The event Monday morning is being held at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. Hundreds of community members and local leaders are expected to attend.
In Racine, high school students are spending the morning volunteering.
"For me personally, Dr. King's legacy is something that we all should remember and something we should all practice everyday, because he practiced equality for all, not just one race, one gender," said student Zantasia Johnson.
Students will also participate in a peace and justice rally and wreath laying at the Dr. King statue, along with social justice workshops in the afternoon, and an evening program with speakers, a soul food dinner, music, and dance.
The 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Program and March gets underway in Milwaukee Monday afternoon. It starts with a celebration at 1 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, followed by a short march to Dr. King's statue on MLK Drive, where there will be an open microphone.
"Here our community has a chance to talk about Dr. King and what he stood for, but also how that applies to today," said organizer George Martin.
The event is sponsored by the Milwaukee Justice Coalition.