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Milwaukee Y to host 21st annual celebration breakfast in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

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The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee will host its 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Breakfast on Monday, January 15, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Italian Community Center, located at 631 East Chicago Street in Milwaukee. The breakfast program will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and recognize local organizations dedicated to serving others, just as Dr. King did. This sold out event will also include attendees such as Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Mayor Tom Barrett.

“Today we celebrate those who have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to making our community a better place for all. Now more than ever the spirit of community service can help heal our differences through a common cause—giving back and strengthening the places where we live, work and play is something we all can agree on,” said Shaneé Jenkins vice president, social responsibility & strategic partnerships for the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee. “Today, as we pay tribute to Dr. King and his enduring message of community service, we encourage everyone to use this day as a call to action to get involved—in large or small ways—to make our communities better.”

The event will also honor two local organizations who demonstrate a longstanding commitment to making this city a better place for all, by supporting health, wellness, diversity and inclusion. Hunger Task Force will receive the Harley-Davidson Healthy Citizenship Award, which was created to honor an organization or individual who is working to improve the health and wellness of Milwaukee’s underserved. Hunger Task Force will receive the award for their commitment to working to prevent hunger and malnutrition by providing food to people in need today and by promoting social policies to achiever a hunger free community tomorrow.

Employ Milwaukee will receive The Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Diversity and Inclusion Award which recognizes an individual or group, committed to supporting and enhancing diversity and inclusion in Milwaukee. Employ Milwaukee will receive the award for their commitment to developing workforce solutions for job seekers by establishing a skilled and sustainable workforce to attract, retain, and grow diverse businesses in the city of Milwaukee and surrounding communities.

The breakfast program will also recognize the winners of this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Spoken Word Contest, sponsored by Northwestern Mutual Foundation. Three finalists in each age category (5-9 years, 10-13 years and 14-18 years) were selected after writing an original spoken word piece based on the theme, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” A panel of judges then voted on the winning pieces. The first place finisher in each category will present their original spoken word piece during the Celebration Breakfast and each will receive a prize.

Aurora Health Care is the lead sponsor for this event. The cost to attend is $40 per person or $400 for a table of 10.

After the YMCA breakfast, attendees are encouraged to continue the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by attending the City Year Milwaukee Day of Service community volunteer opportunity from 10am-12pm at South Division High School, located at 1515 W. Lapham Blvd, Milwaukee.

For more information regarding attending or sponsoring this event, please contact Josh Wright at 414-274-0735 or by email at jwright@ymcamke.org.

YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee

The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee is a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined by a shared passion to strengthen the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Since 1858 the YMCA has helped kids and families live healthy lives in spirit, mind and body. Supported in part through contributions to the Annual Campaign, the Y provides membership assistance and scholarships to programs like summer camp, child care and teen activities, to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. www.ymcamke.org.

Elected officials scheduled to attend:

  • Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch
  • Mayor Tom Barrett
  • County Executive Chris Abele
  • Milwaukee Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton
  • US Senator Tammy Baldwin
  • Dr. Darienne Driver, Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent
  • Honorable Rebecca Bradley
  • State Senator Chris Larson
  • State Representative David Crowley
  • State Representative Dale Kooyenga
  • Supervisor Jannette Braverman, Ozaukee County
  • Supervisor Marcelia Nicholson, Milwaukee County
  • Supervisor Supreme Moore Omokunde, Milwaukee County
  • Supervisor Sequanna Taylor, Milwaukee County
  • Milwaukee School Board President Mark Sain
  • Milwaukee School Board Director Carol Voss
  • Mayor Bryan Kennedy, Glendale


January 15
7:30 am - 9:00 am


Italian Community Center
631 E. Chicago Street
Milwaukee, WI United States