Over six hundred people gathered at Milwaukee’s Italian Community Center to celebrate the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 16, 2017. The annual breakfast, hosted by the YMCA, commemorated its 20th year in front of business leaders, students and government officials. Cecelia Gore, executive director of the Brewers Community Foundation, acted as master of ceremonies. Hupy and Abraham, S.C. was an event sponsor for the breakfast. Firm employees attended the event alongside Attorneys Todd Korb, Tom Perlberg, and James Shilobrit.
The year’s theme focused around a popular quote from Dr. King, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Governor Scott Walker, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and County Executive Chris Abele gave remarks illustrating how they perceived Dr. King’s quote, and why emulating action for equality is essential during a time of political turbulence. Three young students delivered their winning poems and spoken word pieces, as their winning work was awarded by Northwestern Mutual’s Spoken Word program.
Two organizations were awarded for their efforts within the community. Next Door Foundation received the “Harley-Davidson Healthy Citizenship Award” for its work strengthening the health and wellness in the Milwaukee community. The “Potawatomi Diversity and Inclusion Award” went to St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, as recognition of its encouragement and commitment to celebrating diversity and inclusion throughout Milwaukee.
Every Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the nation is asked to come forward and commit service to the community. At Hupy and Abraham, S.C., we realize that serving others is a constant effort, and urge everyone to be compassionate and loving throughout the year.