LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Nearly 900 people packed the Viterbo Fine Arts Center for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.
The event included a keynote speech from an NFL Hall of Fame player and Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page.
Page played for the Vikings from 1967 until 1978 and then spent time with the Chicago Bears. During his football career he also attended law school and in 1992, he as the first African American to be elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Page says we still have a ways to go in fighting injustice, but that education is key. He started a foundation to assist sunbonnets of color in pursuing higher education.
"My parents stressed with me the importance of education and education is one tool, which anyone can use to create a better life, create a better world, to achieve their hope and dreams," Page said.
The Viterbo concert choir also performed at the celebration and Mayor Tim Kabat made a mayoral proclamation in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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