Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

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2017/2018 Leadership

Larry Tukes, Chair

Dominique Stephens, Vice-chair

John Yasutake, Treasurer

Jean Buskin, Secretary

Emeritus Chairs
Eddie Rye, Jr.
Hon. Larry Gossett

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Newsflash Dec. 10, 2017!

Rally participants announced!  This is just the beginning 
of an exciting slate of speakers and entertainers. 
Check back later for more.

Click on the "Rally" button on the left
for information


Newsflash Dec. 6, 2017!

We are now signing up volunteers to help out on MLK Day!

Click on the "Volunteer!" button on the left
for information


MLK Day is Jan. 15, 2018
Take a Knee for Justice!

Seattle Celebration starts at Garfield High School
opportunity fair in the Commons 8:30-11:30 a.m. 
workshops in classrooms 9:30-10:50 a.m.
[click the workshop button at left 
for info on submitting workshop proposals]
rally in gymnasium 11 a.m.
march at 12:30 p.m.
rally at end of march, location TBA
shared meal back at Garfield High School, Commons

please check back for more details!

we are inspired by the athletes who are taking 
a public stand
to highlight racial injustice and 
police violence, especially toward people of color.

"Through simple yet brave acts of protest,
athletes across the country and of all ages
have joined a powerful movement calling for
racial justice and an end to police violence.
Join us by adding your name and note of appreciation
for athletes at all levels who are taking action for us."

You can sign a statement in support at 
the Color of Change link above.


Next planning meeting for MLK Day 2018
Tuesday December 12, 7-8:30 p.m. at SVI
Seattle Vocational Institute, Rm. 401, 2120 South Jackson, Seattle

Everyone who honors the goals and methods
of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
is welcome to join!

information about previous events is below

See a photo on page 3 in the April 5, 2017, edition of The Skanner 
of the MLK Assassination Commemoration detailed below. 


Members of the MLK Celebration Committee have been organizing
this event, along with other activists representing a
large group of justice organizations.  Please join us!

Remembering The Life and Legacy of
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr
on the 49th Anniversary of his Assassination

Join The April 4 MLK Commemoration Committee
and many justice organizations in a gathering to honor Dr. King
and renew our commitment to continuing the work.

Tuesday April 4, 6 p.m.
at Martin Luther King Memorial Park
2200 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S, Seattle, WA 98144
information 206-786-2763

view or download event flyer

News March 25, 2017:  We have a new postal address!
MLK Celebration Committee, POBox 18125, Seattle WA 98118

Stop the Hate:
Come Together

Jan 16, 2017, MLK Day Celebration
with Workshops, Rallies, March
& Career Fair

What a fantastic day we had!

photo above of 2017 march by Susan Fried

Most workshops were jammed! 
Several of the workshop presenters built follow-up activities
into their workshop plans, so the activism continues.

The rally was lively and the gym was packed to capacity
with a big crowd outside.

The march included thousands more people who couldn't
fit into the gym!

The career fair didn't just provide information:
people got practical help with resumes and job applications
AND employers actually made job offers on the spot!


Seattle Weekly article about an exciting resolution 
by the Seattle/King County NAACP calling for 
mandatory ethnic studies in schools was announced 
at a workshop organized by local educators 
(see workshop #9 at our workshop page
(nice photo of the march too in the article)

Interview with AFSCME member and
planning committee member Kevin Allen
"On MLK Day, a Celebration of King's Economic-Justice Legacy"
by Washington News Service complete with a photo
of Kevin holding the 2017 MLK Celebration poster

The Scanner January 18, 2017, edition  published a
Front page photo by planning committee member Susan Fried,
with caption MLK MARCH

Photojournalist Susan Fried also had an article in the Seattle Globalist
which announced the 2017 events and took a photographic look
back over the 35 years of this annual event

by Ashley Archibald | January 18th, 2017

The Seattle Times announced our celebration and other MLK Day events:
"MLK Day 2017: Events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. in the Seattle area"
By Madeline McKenzie
"Stop the hate! Come together" is the theme of the largest local event,
the 35th annual MLK Celebration at Garfield High School on Monday, Jan. 16.

The Seattle Times also reported on the Celebration with an article and photos
By Susan Kelleher

THANK YOU to everyone
who planned, volunteered, contributed, and participated in
the 2017 MLK Seattle Celebration

Events of the Day:

The MLK Celebration Committee Welcomes You
to the 26 diverse, interesting, informative, and inspiring
  Workshops, 9:30 - 10:50 a.m.
classroom locations now available!
at Garfield High School, 23rd Avenue at E. Jefferson, Seattle
Community Groups may set up tables before and during the workshops
Please see our tabling policy

11 a.m. Rally in Gymnasium;
List of speakers and entertainers now available!!!
(updated Dec. 29!) webpage or 2-page pdf file

12:30 p.m. March to Federal Buildingfor 2nd Rally; 
List of speakers and entertainers now available!!!
(updated Dec. 29!)
webpage or 2-page pdf file
Marchers are welcome to come back to
the High School for lunch

1- 4:30 p.m. Career Fair in the High School
(formerly referred to as Opportunity Fair)
with representatives from schools,
government agencies, and private employers;
also includes a Resume Station!
flyer for Career Fair

This is a free event, with a free will collection taken at the Rally.
Everyone who honors the goals and methods of
the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
is welcome!

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Photo above by Susan Fried:  2016 March.

For information about earlier years' events, click here

 "The problem of racism,
the problem of economic exploitation,
and the problem of war are all tied together.
These are the triple evils that are interrelated."

-Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

History of the MLK Celebration Committee
The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee is composed of dozens of grassroots, labor, business, minority, and progressive community organizations and volunteers from throughout the Puget Sound region. Annually, these groups come together and organize our community's largest tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Accessibility information for people with disabilities:
There is a wheelchair accessible entrance on the backside of the school. This is the area near the track. The area is flat and provides access to the school building & gym. The parking lot in the back will be reserved, but Access vans will be permitted to drop people off. There is also an elevator that goes to the second floor.