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The 34th Annual
Martin Luther King Jr.
Rally and March

will be held on
January 18, 2016

The Martin Luther King Jr.
Celebration Committee 2016
proposed possible themes on Nov 10.
On Nov 17, we selected
four of our favorites.
  Please join us at our next meeting
on Dec 1, 2015,
to choose this year's theme!

The MLK Celebration Committee needs YOU!
If you honor the methods and goals of
the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.,
then come and add your voice and help
plan a fantastic event for 2016.
There's plenty of work for everybody,
and we need our committee to reflect
the diversity of the greater Seattle area,
people of all ages and backgrounds.

upcoming meetings:
please check back for possible changes!

just added Tuesday December 1, 2015
Tuesday December 8, 2015
Tuesday December 15, 2015
Tuesday January 5, 2016
Tuesday January 12, 2016
Thursday January 14, 2016

at Seattle Vocational Institute, room 212
2120 South Jackson, Seattle
plenty of parking in the back lot

Time: 7-8:30 p.m. (doors open 6 p.m. for subcommittees)

2015/2016 MLK Celebration Committee Leadership


The 33rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Rally and March

The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee 2015 theme was: 
Fight for Your Rights in 2015!

Click here for 2015 flyer (pdf)

King County's 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration!

 This year's theme to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s  legacy is Fight For Your Rights in 2015!

WHEN: Monday, January 19, 2015

Workshops – 9:00 to 9:50 AM
Click here for the list of 2015 workshops (updated 1/13/15 with room numbers and participants)

Click Here for Details of Rallies

Rally – 10:00AM to  11:00AM

Pre-March Speakers– 11:00 to 12:00 PM

March leaves Garfield HS -- 12:00PM

WHERE: Garfield High School (23rd and E. Jefferson St, Seattle)

We are honored to be joined this year by keynote speaker Jelani Brown, a young man from Ferguson, Missouri, who was involved in the organizing in response to the police killing of an unarmed Black teenager Mike Brown.  He will speak about his experiences growing up in the St. Louis area, organizing his community since Mike Brown's death, and a vision of this movement going forward.

Seattle has one of the largest annual Martin Luther King Day Celebrations in the U.S.  We honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for his work toward racial equality and toward economic justice for all people, for his commitment to nonviolence, and for his stand against war and militarism.

Our theme this year "Fight for Your Rights in 2015!" reflects the unfinished work and our commitment to working toward Dr. King's goals.  As Dr. King said, "Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper."

Equally important to Dr. King, in addition to demanding equal rights, was to conduct the struggle in a principled manner, with self-disciplined activists using nonviolent means.  Speaking proudly of the demonstrations in Birmingham, Dr. King said that some spectators had thrown bottles, "But the demonstrators remained nonviolent.  In the face of this resolution and bravery, the moral conscience of the nation was deeply stirred."

Education was a big part of all of Dr. King's campaigns, for instance he said in 1961, "In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as 'right to work.' It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights.  Its purpose is to destroy labor unions ... "

In 1959, Dr. King made this call to the struggle, "As June approaches, with its graduation ceremonies and speeches, a thought suggests itself... Whatever career you may choose for yourself—doctor, lawyer, teacher—let me propose an avocation to be pursued along with it. Become a dedicated fighter for civil rights. Make it a central part of your life. It will make you a better doctor, a better lawyer, a better teacher. It will enrich your spirit as nothing else possibly can. It will give you that rare sense of nobility that can only spring from love and selflessly helping your fellow man . Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in."

If Dr. King were alive today, he would be urging us all to "Fight for Your Rights in 2015!"

Information:  James Williams 253-883-9548 or Eddie Rye, Jr., 206-786-2763

Click Here for 2015 event flyer

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2013-2014 was the last year Larry Gossett chaired the Committee. He served on the Committee for over 20 years. The new Executive team was elected at the February meeting. The new Executive Team:
James Williams, Chair; Larry Tukes, Vice Chair; Renita Borders, Secretary; Julie Horowitz, Treasurer; Lacy Steele, Parliamentarian. Please contact Chair Williams at or Renita at
You can also forward questions or inquiries to the new Executive Committee members at 
The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee 2014 theme was Rise Up! Restore the Dream!
The 32nd annual region-wide Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration was a huge success with nearly 6,000 participants! Continue to be active in your local and national communities to rise up and restore Dr. King's vision. The Committee will begin planning the 2015 salute to Dr. King in October 2014.
 "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.