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Larry Tukes, Chair
Dominique Stephens, Vice-chair
John Yasutake, Treasurer
Jean Buskin, Secretary
Eddie Rye, Jr.
Hon. Larry Gossett
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Planning for the Jan 15, 2018, Rallies is underway!
Our program subcommittee is working hard to select the speakers and entertainers who will participate in the rallies before the march at Garfield High School gymnasium, and at the end of the march, location to be determined. Our theme this year is
"TAKE A KNEE FOR JUSTICE."
The program subcommittee invites your suggestions. PLEASE HELP US! The deadline for submissions has been extended to November 24.
We value your suggestions! We want to have a DIVERSITY OF SPEAKERS AND ENTERTAINERS, reflecting the richness of our communities, and a diversity of entertainment styles which could include song, spoken word, dance, and more.
Please include the name and contact information of any person or group you are recommending, what topic they might speak about or what style of entertainment they might provide. If possible, provide links to web resources showing the potential speaker or entertainer, biographical information, and places where they have spoken or entertained. It will help us have a balanced slate of participants if you can provide information about age, race, ethnic background, etc.
It is our tradition to have a faith leader give an invocation and another leader give a benediction; if you have recommendations for these roles, please tell us the faith tradition the person comes from.
Below is information about last year's (2017) Rallies.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Presents Two MLK Day Rallies
Jan. 16, 2017
with Speakers, Music, Dance, and Poetry
the lineup is available as a 2-page pdf file, click here
Before the March: Rally in the Gymnasium
at Garfield High School, 23rd & Jefferson, Seattle
an overflow crowd filled the gym at the 2017 rally
with thousands more outside the school
photo by Susan Fried
Come early to get a good seat and hear Seattle's famous
Total Experience Gospel Choir led by Patrinell Wright,
a group that has been delighting audiences since 1973,
with music starting 10:30 a.m.
Rally Program starts 11:00 a.m.
Welcome to everybody by former State Senator Claudia Kauffman, Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe; and introduction of our MCs, Adrianna McAfee-Coe and Rashaan Gillian
Bailey Adams, Garfield High School Black Student Union President,
will extend a Welcome on behalf of Garfield High School
"Lift Every Voice", known as the Black National Anthem
led by Anthony Williams
Oscar Eason, former Chair of the Commission on African American Affairs,
will recognize public officials & clergy in the audience and ask them to stand
Aneelah Afzali, founder and Executive Director
of the American Muslim Empowerment Network,
will invite all faith based leaders to come up to the front in a show of unity
Aneelah Afzali will then lead the Invocation
and speak about combatting Islamophobia
and fighting all bigotry and discrimination
County Councilmember Larry Gossett,
former Chair of the MLK Celebration Committee
will speak about the History of the Seattle MLK Celebration
and Recognize Local Civil Rights Legends
Spoken Word Artist and Activist Durell Green
Estella Ortega, Executive Director, El Centro de la Raza,
an organization whose mission includes the goal of
building unity across all racial and economic sectors
Dance Performance by Kutt'N'Up,
a dance company that consists of
youth from all over the Greater Seattle area
Grateful Acknowledgement of some Generous Funders
of this event by MLK Celebration Committee Members
Charlie James and Eddie Rye;
Appeal for Donations from the Audience
Cindy Domingo, is Chair, US Women and Cuba Collaboration,
and was a member of the MLK Celebration Committee for many years
Dance Performance by Alashia Jefferson
Keynote Speaker Ron Sims, who has served as Deputy Secretary
of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development,
King County Executive, and King County Councilman
where he led successful efforts to rename the county
after Martin Luther King, Jr. (photo above by Susan Fried)
Closing Remarks by MLK Celebration Committee Co-Chair Jacquie Jones-Walsh
Announcements and Directions to Crowd
on Leaving the Auditorium and preparing for the March by
Shaude' Moore, Co-Chair of the MLK Celebration Committee's
Benediction by the Rev. Paul Benz of Faith Action Network
Rally after the March, at Federal Building 2nd & Madison, Downtown Program, estimated start time 1:30 p.m.
Opening Entertainment by Cry-Out, with Christopher Robinson
Erin Jones, educator and former Washington State
Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction
Entertainment by "Alex and Alex" musicians Alex Enger and Alex Gonzalez
Kent Wong, director of the UCLA Labor Center
and editor of 3 books written by and about undocumented students
will speak. He launched the DREAM Summer fellowship program
that has now graduated over 500 fellows
Entertainment by Y-WE, Young Women Empowered
Former State Representative Jesse Wineberry,
who was a leader in the Legislature to make
Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a state holiday
Nikkita Oliver, spoken word artist, lawyer, and activist
Speaker from Socialist Students of Seattle
Closing Remarks and Announcements
MLK Celebration Committee members Eddie Rye Jr., Clifton Wyatt, and Charlie James at 2017 Rally
photo by Susan Fried