Hundreds attend Lawrence University MLK service

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – A large crowd gathered at Lawrence University to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy Monday night.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is present at the Civil Rights March in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963.

The celebration is one of the largest in the Fox Valley, and this year the keynote speaker, Aly Wane, decided to focus on immigration reform.

Many who went say what Dr. King stood for is still relevant today.

Lawrence University President Mark Burstein said, “It’s always good in life to take a moment and think about what the important values of our society today, and I think Dr. King celebrating his life, his birthday really allows us to do that.”

One of those touched by King’s words was Wane, an undocumented organizer who’s been in the US since the age of 9 but still doesn’t have citizenship.

“We’re trying to dispel some myths around who undocumented people quote-unquote ‘illegal aliens’ are. We’re trying to complicate the narrative around the immigration conversation. Most of us who are undocumented are actually trying to fight for the right to become legal,” said Wane, who lives in Syracuse, New York.

Wane says King spoke about being global citizens, which is something he feels inspired by.

Besides immigration, other issues came up, too.

Sabrina Robins of African Heritage said, “I also care about inclusion overall, so a way for all of us to feel part of the dream, whether we are African American, LGBTQ, women, or if you’re poor.”

Organizers say the celebration brought out between 600 and 700 people. This is the 27th year it’s been held.