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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The biggest Dr. King breakfast was held at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Monday.
It was the 23rd year the YMCA of metro Milwaukee hosted the King celebration.
Mayor Tom Barrett and Governor Tony Evers both spoke at the event, but one of the most compelling speeches came from a young winner of a spoken word contest honoring Dr. King's legacy.
"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lost his life fighting for equality and a fair justice system," said the contest winner. "Through the blood, sweat and tears, he left us with a recipe for solutions. So let's start with us realizing there's a problem. The next step is empathy."
An estimated 900 community leaders shared breakfast, and when it was over, some of them stopped at Lancaster School on the northwest side, where they joined a day of service, doing a little painting and carrying out Dr. King's legacy of giving back to the community.