25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration with the YMCA

The YMCA held its 25th annual MLK ceremony virtually this morning.

The event celebrated the work of Dr. King while encouraging people to create change in their beloved communities.

State and local leaders spoke at the celebration.

"Dr. Martin Luther King was committed to achieving social justice, equity and freedom of opportunity for all in our country. Only by working alongside one another can we make a difference in the health and prosperity of others," said County Executive David Crowley. 

Governor Tony Evers attended the virtual event. 

Students scholarship winners also spoke and were honored at the ceremony.

The Y has closely observed the COVID trends in Milwaukee and around the U.S. With the steep increase in cases and its impact on workers and the public, Y leaders, after meeting with our health care partners, have chosen to hold the 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in virtual-only format.

We appreciate your understanding of the rationale behind our decision and want you to know that we truly wanted to gather in person. Hopefully, all willing, we will do so next year.