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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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
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.
Submissions should be sent to Shaude' Moore  <>  


Below is information about last year's (2017) Rallies.

Martin Luther King Jr.
Celebration Committee
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, 23
rd & 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,
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
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
Program Subcommittee

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