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2016 Rally at Garfield Gymnasium Program
11 am - 12:15 pm

10:55     Opening, Welcome, and Introduction of Principal Howard    
Sierra Stewart, Shedrick Johnson , and Bailey Adams

11:00     Welcome to Garfield & MLK Celebration     Ted Howard

11:05     Invocation & Subsequent Words on Islamophobia    
Dirir Abdullahi

11:10     Black National Anthem     Shaquella Perine

11:14     History , Logo, and theme explanation     Bobby Alexander
11:20     Music ( Hip Hop)     Dreez & Nia J

11:27     Youth Message on White Privilege     Ethan Siapush, 8th Grader Orca K-8

11:30     Speech on Education     Kendrick Glover

11:36     Dance/Choreography     Alaisha Jefferson

11:41     Recognizing Funders and Soliciting     Charlie James/571

11:48     Youth Message on "The Female Youth Experience"    
Levera Brown, 8th Grader, Orca K-8

11:51     Key Note Speaker     Erin Jones

12:01     Speech on Transgender Experience     Tai Jordan

12:06     Closing Remarks     Larry Gossett & Mayor Ed Murray

12:11     Benediction     Paul Benz

12:15     Announcements& Directions to begin March    
Shaude' Moore

2016 Federal Building Program
approx start 1:45 pm

Moderator: Evaya Mcafee-Coe

Nikita Oliver, Poet Activist, Lawyer 

John Eckloff, Professional Speaker, Activist

Zarna Joshi,

Oscar Overlund, Social Justice Activist

Miriam Padilla, Activist

Jerell Davis, Activist  and Poet 

Overall Event Timeline:

Monday, January 18, 2016, the Celebration
starts at Garfield High School, 400 23rd Avenue at East Jefferson, Seattle

Note:  event will occur regardless of sun, rain, snow, or icy conditions!

    9:30-10:50 a.m.    Workshops including several geared toward youth,
in various high school classrooms

    11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.    Rally 
with speakers, poetry, and music in the Gymnasium

    12:30 p.m.    March to Jackson Federal Building,
2nd & Madison, downtown Seattle

    ~1:45 p.m.    Outside Rally at Federal Building, time approximate

1:30 - 4 pm  Information and Opportunity Fair


Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration

Monday January 19, 2015, in Seattle
Programs with Music, Poetry, and Speakers

starts at Garfield High School, 400 23rd Avenue at East Jefferson, Seattle

    10:00-11:00 a.m.    Rally  with speakers, poetry, and music in the Gymnasium, continued outside

    11:15 a.m.-noon    Pre-March Entertainment & Speakers at the parking circle in front of school

    12:00 noon    March to Federal Courthouse, 7th & Stewart, downtown Seattle

    ~1:30 p.m.    Outside Rally at Federal Courthouse, 7th & Stewart, Seattle, time approximate


Rally in Garfield High School Gymnasium 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Music by a local Choir during Gathering

Welcome by Co Moderators Shaude Moore & Khaim Vassar

Invocation by Rev Harriett Walden, founder Mothers for Police Accountability   

Acknowledgement of  Religious Leaders at Rally Rev Harriett Walden    

"Lift Every Voice", known as the Black National Anthem led by LaShaunya Cee O'Cain   

History of the Seattle MLK Celebration by County Councilmember Larry Gossett, former Chair of the MLK Celebration Committee

Introduction of Speakers by Moderators

Honoring the Youth Protesters

Speaker Louis Watanabe

Key note Speaker    Jelani Brown    , from Ferguson, Missouri

Fundraising by Oscar Eason   

Closing Remarks by Moderators

Benediction Charles Oliver

Program Outside during March Gathering
11:15 a.m. - noon

Entertainment by Alex Enger and Alex Gonzalez   

Speaker Sheley Secrest

Entertainment by Gabriel Teodros

Speaker and Chant Leader Darryl Johnson

Speakers along the March Route
(noon- ~1:30 p.m.)

At Youth Detention Center: Senait Brown, City Councilmember Kshama Sawant   

At County Jail: Pastor Ricki Willis

At or near Seattle Police Headquarters, 5th & James, King County NAACP President Gerald Hankerson

At Yesler Terrace Construction Site Aaron Bossett

Rally Outside at Federal Courthouse  Bldg.
starts approximately 1:30 p.m.

Entertainment by Celestine

Speaker Claude Burfect

Speaker Sarah Scott

Speaker Linda Johnson

Speaker Jesse Hagopian, history teacher and advisor to Black Student Union at Garfield High School

Spoken Word by Tia Yarbrough Vice Principal Washington Middle School

Representing Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Speaker Jose' Selgado   & Juan Jose' Bocanegra

Speaker Anthony

Speaker Ron Johnson, Black Panther, reading parts of Dr. King's "I Have A Dream Speech."