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Wisconsinites will honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day today

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin has a number of events today to remember the accomplishments of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King.  

Several hundred people attended a breakfast in Milwaukee Monday morning to mark the King holiday.  

In Racine, high school students are volunteering in various ways on their day off. They'll get together this afternoon for a peace and justice rally at King's statue in Racine.  

In Madison, the state's official observance of King Day begins at noon at the State Capitol. Tonight, Madison's 29th annual City-County observance is scheduled. Former U.N. ambassador Andrew Young will deliver the main address.  

In La Crosse, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page will appear at a King Day celebration tonight at Viterbo College. Page, a former NFL star with the Vikings, became Minnesota's first African-American Supreme Court justice in 1992. He's been re-elected three times since.  

This afternoon in Milwaukee, an observance is planned at a north side church, followed by a march to the King statue a few blocks away. Organizer George Martin said the community will not only have a chance to discuss what King stood for -- but how that knowledge applies to today's world.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)