‘We are making things better day by day:’ Brown County MLK event celebrates its 28th year | WLUK
GREEN BAY (WLUK) — Today marked Brown County’s 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.
Many people gathered at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to hear parts of Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech, songs from local choirs, and more.
Every year when this event comes up attendees are reminded of important events in history.
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Vice Chancellor for University Inclusivity & Student Affairs, Corey King says they do this event for two reasons.
“Number one, to bring the community together and to remind us of the message of Dr. King, and the commitment to social justice…And number two, it’s an opportunity for us to pass the message on to the younger community, and the younger generation,” says King.
The theme for this year’s event was, “Reaching for the Mountaintops…how do we get there?”
Students K-12 had the opportunity to enter into a contest and show how they interpret that theme through writing and art.
“There are first, second, and third place winners for each of the categories,” says King.
Foxview Intermediate student Liana Mahfuz won first place in the fourth through sixth grade category for her poem “Climbing my Mountain (Figuratively).”
“Everybody has their own challenges and to get through them you have to persevere and be tenacious,” says Mahfuz.
Mahfuz’s poem was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Martin Luther King Jr., he really preserved in getting proper rights and I think that is really important to U.S. History and the world history,” says Mahfuz.
Heading into MLK day on Monday, King hopes people in Brown County feel the progress being made.
“There is a sense of unity, that we are coming together, that we are recognizing the differences of our communities, and that we are making things better day by day,” says King.