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Northcentral Wisconsin honors Martin Luther King Jr.

by Brittany Earl

WAUSAU(WAOW)--Northcentral Wisconsin took time to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the man who helped change history.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired Millions and more than 40 years later his words are still quoted and his actions are still remembered.

Evan Cass traveled more than 3 hours from Park Falls to Wausau to take part in a discussion to reflect on the man he thinks so highly of.

"I honestly believe Martin Luther King Day is one of the most important days of reflection. I think we as Americans have to honor him and what he stood for. I'm here to have a smart and intellectual discussion about racial and ethnic tensions as they still stand today. This discussion is about listening to other people with different backgrounds, it's beneficial," said Evan Cass, participator in deliberation.

Two organizations, AmeriCorps and WIPPS held a deliberation at UW-Marathon County Monday night to discussion Racial and Ethnic tension in honor of Dr. King.

Anne Rapp, Member of AmeriCorps VISTA says, "I think the idea of just talking about it makes people very uncomfortable and I think this format is a very ideal way to do it, to ease a lot of that discomfort and really make people feel like they are free to be open."

The open discussion allowed anyone from the public to take part and share their views. The group touched on three different approaches. Each includes ideas drawn from across the political spectrum.

Cass says, "This is a group of people coming together having a respectful discussion from different points of view about issues that can get heated for some people,"

As for Evan Cass on a national day of service he felt what better way to honor the man who spoke of a dream, than to reflect back on those topics that are all still current in today's world.

"The opportunity to reflect on issues bigger than me, bigger than us that still effect us and all in the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. that's what I hope to come away with this," said Cass.

Online Reporter: Brittany Earl

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