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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events

Join Washington's community and technical colleges in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Most events are free and open to the public and include ceremonies, speakers, films, musical and theater performances. 

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  • MLK Celebration
    1101 S. Yakima Ave, Tacoma WA 98405 
    Downtown Campus Auditorium
    Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, 11:15 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
    Bates College will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with members of the Tacoma Action Collective.
    • Lunch will be available to students at no cost with  valid student ID card ($5 for staff). 
  • March for MLK
    1101 S. Yakima Ave, Tacoma WA 98405
    Meet at the Bates Downtown Campus Cafeteria.
    Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. 9 a.m.
    Students, staff, friends, community members and family are all welcome to march in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 
    • Refreshments courtesy of the Bates Foundation.
    • Shuttle service will be available to return you to the college at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.

3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue, WA 98007
Carlson Theater 

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Bellevue College Presents: Living Voices - The Right To Dream. Join us for a dynamic performance that turns history into a moving personal journey. 

Refreshments to follow.

3028 Lindbergh Ave., Bellingham WA 98225

  • Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
    Film viewing: "Freedom Riders," revisiting the Civil Rights era. 
  • Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, 10 - 11 a.m. 
    Discussion on Dr. King's writings: "Why We Can't Wait," the negro revolution of 1963.  
  • Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, 3 - 5 p.m.
    Volunteer opportunity at Light House Mission Homeless Shelter: "A Day On, Not Off" presented by BTC Veteran's Club.

Centralia College Student Life and Involvement Center presents Celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Lyceum: A Tribute To Martin Luther King - Living The Dream
    Wed., Jan 10, 2018, 1 - 1:50 p.m.
    Washington Hall 103
    Dion Jordan reflects on the extraordinary life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the legacy left behind. He emphasizes not only Dr. King's dream, but he encourages his audience to have their own dream as well.
  • Film showing: Selma
    Tue, Jan 16, 2018, 3 p.m.
    TransAlta Commons 105C
    The film chronicles Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.
  • Lyceum: The Right to Dream
    Wed., Jan. 24, 2018 1 - 1:50 p.m.
    Washington Hall 103
    This Living Voices presentation, told from the point of view of a young woman (Ruby) or a young man (Raymond). Ruby/Raymond Hollis is a young African-American — the child of a World War II African American soldier and a domestic worker who is respected in their small Mississippi town — growing up in a small town in on the brink of the American Civil Rights movement.
  • The Movement: 50 Years of Love & Struggle (Theatrical Lecture and Discussion) 
    Jan. 30, 2016, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (followed by an open audience discussion)
    Corbet Theatre
    The Movement: 50 Years of Love & Struggle theatrical production features EMMY Award-winning actor Ron Jones. Jones plays multiple characters and takes the audience on a journey through the ever-changing face of the African American experience. This visual chronicle — supported by interactive video, stock historical footage, quotes and some of the most smemorable music of the last two generations — highlights many of the political, social and cultural markers of the roughly 50 years since passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Both comedic and poignant, the show’s characters tell of the great struggles and of the challenges ahead. 

Clark College celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663
Gaiser Student Center
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 pm

Clark College MLK Day flyer

  • Exhibit: Black History 101 Mobile Museum
    10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Visiting exhibition of artifacts representing (but not limited to) slavery, politics, Jim Crow, science, religion, education, music, sports, and civil rights. 
  • Keynote speaker: Professor Griff
    1 - 2 p.m.
    Professor Griff, rapper, spoken word artist, lecturer and co-founding member of influential hip hop group, Public Enemy, will speak about Dr. King's legacy and its implications for today. 
  • Food and supply drive
    In honor of Dr. King’s legacy and his call for service. Please bring a non-perishable item for the Clark College Penguin Pantry and the ShareHouse Backpack Program.

2600 N 20th, Pasco, WA 99301
Pasco campus at the MLK Statue
Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, 12 p.m.

MLK Bell-Ringing ceremony

  • Welcome by new CBC President, Dr. Rebekah Woods, and ASCBC President, Vlada Mykailova. 
  • Keynote address by retired Army Colonel, Felix Vargas.
  • Reading by Miss Juneteenth, Christana Craig.
  • The Tri-City Community Choir will provide music and the 2018 Martin Luther King Spirit Award winner will be announced.

Following the ceremony, refreshments will be provided and AMERICORPS will have games for children.

20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036
Black Box Theatre
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Spencer Haywood, Former NBA all-star and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee will speak his court case against the NBA and civil rights.

2000 Tower Street, Everett, WA 98201
Jackson Center 101
Monday, Jan. 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

EvCC's National Day of Service and MLK Day Celebration 

Our morning with you will consist of a time to meet and chat with other students, faculty, and staff, enjoy some light refreshments, and collaborate on a MLK Celebration piece. Then we will divide and conquer to volunteer at various community organizations.

Check in begins at 9:30 a.m. in Jackson Center 101, and service projects will wrap up at 12:30 p.m. 

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Imagine! Children's Museum - cleaning, assist with programs, story-reading to kids
  • EvCC's Early Learning Center: cleaning, organize their clothing drive program.
  • HopeWorks Station: painting re-purpose shop room and outdoor clean-up.

12401 SE 320th Street, Auburn, WA 98092
SU Grand Hall
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, 1 - 3 p.m.

Documentary film and discussion program: "Passage at St. Augustine: The 1964 Black Lives Matter Movement that Transformed America"

Clennon King, a journalist and documentary filmmaker with personal and professional ties to the Civil Rights Movement and John Lewis, is our winter quarter One Book speaker. Mr. King will introduce his hour-long documentary and follow it up with a post-screening discussion and Q & A about his film, the historic civil rights campaign, and current racism and civil rights struggles in the US. He will be joined by Dr. Kathryn J Fentress, a local woman who joined the 1964 protest and was arrested with Dr. King.

This event is free and open to the public. 

More information:

2400 S 240th St, Des Moines, WA 98198
Jan. 16-24, 2018

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week 2018
50 Years Later: Dreams vs. Reality
For details and locations, see event list

  • Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
    MLK 50 Years Later: Unedited
    Keynote address by Aaron Reader, Dean of Students, Renton Technical College
  • Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
    The Sacred Fight for Justice of the Duwamish Tribe
    Lecture presented by Cecile Hansen, Chair of the Duwamish Tribe
  • Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    "The Woke King": Re-Imaging Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Beloved Community" in a Donald Trump America
    Lecture presented by PK Thompson, Theologian
  • Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
    Immigration and the American State: Considering our Past, Present, and Future
    Lecture presented by Dr. Benjamin Gonzalez Faculty, Highline College
  • Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
    The Right to Dream
    A Performance by Living Voices
  • Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    When “Free Speech” is Actually its Opposite: The First Amendment, Hate Speech, and the Privilege of Platforms
    Lecture presented by Dr. Shon Meckfessel, Faculty, Highline College
  • Friday, Jan.19, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    King and the Role of Capitalism, Militarism and Racism in Achieving Peace
    Lecture presented by Robert Britten, Faculty, Pierce College
  • Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, 2 - 4 p.m.
    We Lead: We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For
    First Friday Leadership Institute workshop facilitated by Mozart Guerrier, Executive Director, 21 Progress.

11605 132nd Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA 98034

LWTech's Workforce Development Office, United Way of King County, the RISE Center, and the LWTech Fitness program are coming together for a Volunteer Service Project. Following a campus-wide food drive, donated food items will be distributed to people in our community dealing with food insecurity. 

For complete event details see LWTech's MLK flyer

3000 NE 4th Street, Renton, WA 98056

  • Friday, Jan. 12 - Feb. 28, 2018
    RTC Community Art Project: "How Do I See the World?" honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  - Learning Resource and Career Windows (C-102)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018
    Special Presentations by Students, Staff, and Faculty 
    9:30 - 10:30 am, 11:45 am - 1:15 pm, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
    C Building Lobby


Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Avenue, Seattle 98122
Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, 12 - 1:30 p.m.

45th Annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

Essex Porter, KIRO 7 reporter, will emcee this annual event.

"Nonviolence in a Violent World," keynoted presented by Ijeoma Oluo, author of "So You Want to Talk About Race." Musical performance by DaNell Daymon and Greater Works, fresh from the semifinals of the latest "America's Got Talent" season.

Doors open at 11 a.m.

Informal reception follows.

2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Jan. 11-31, 2018

Essence of a True Revolution
Martin Luther King Week

  • Art with Joined Hands
    Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, 9:30 - 11:30 am
    Martin Luther King was an advocate for unity. You can show unity with others by painting your hands onto a white tarp to create a globe. Anyone is welcome to come and leave a handprint.
  • I Have a Dream
    Jan. 16-19, 2018, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Cardinal Center
    A board will be displayed inside Cardinal Center for anyone to come write their dream for the world. There will be paper and markers provided. The board will be available for all of MLK week.
  • Martin Luther King Quote Wall
    Jan. 16-19, 2018
    Cardinal Center
    Come check out our quote wall in honor of Martin Luther King Week. You will find important and famous quotes with pictures. You will see the wall as you are walking from the Cardinal Center to classes.
  • Day of Service
    Deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018
    Serve your community or do an act of kindness in the month of January. Submit a short learning reflection and the service that you did with your contact information. Three winners will be chosen and awarded a gift card.  Submit to
  • Film Screening: "42"
    Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
    Student Life
    The movie "42" is about a baseball legend who broke the sports color barrier. Facing open racism from all sides, Jackie Robinson demonstrated true courage and admirable restraint by not reacting in kind, and let his undeniable talent silence his critics. We will provide lunch and give out MLK T-shirts. 
  • The Movement 
    Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
    Phillip Tarro Theater
    50 years of love and struggle. This theatrical production features EMMY Award-winning actor Ron Jones. Jones plays multiple characters and takes the audience on a journey through the ever-changing face of the African American experience. The performance will be followed by an open discussion with the audience.

2011 Mottman Rd SW Olympia, WA 98512 
Student Union (Building 27)
Saturday, Jan.  13, 2018, 6 p.m.

MLK Banquet: Activist Tamika Mallory is the keynote speaker for this year's annual Artist & Lecture Series banquet honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mallory was co-president for the worldwide Women's March protest in 2017, the largest single day protest in U.S. history, and is a champion for social justice and leader in grassroots campaigns involving gun violence, women's rights, and police violence.

Purchase event tickets by Jan. 11, 2018.

6000 16th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98106
Jerry Brockey Student Center, Room 140
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

What are you? An exploration of what it means to be biracial, multiethnic or mixed.

1810 N Greene Street, Spokane, WA 99217
Lair Student Center, Building 6 

  • Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
    Black History 101 Mobile Museum Exhibit
    • Khalid el-Hakim, founder and curator, speaker presentation, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
    • Museum available for viewing, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
  • Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, 10 a.m.
    City of Spokane annual unity march on MLK Day, downtown Spokane. 
  • Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, 4:30 - 7 p.m.
    Salvation Army of Spokane Volunteer Event
    222 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane, WA 99224
  • Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
    12:30 - 2:30 pm or 2:30 - 4 p.m.
    Family Promise of Spokane Volunteer Event
    334 W Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane, WA 99224
  • Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, 1 - 3 p.m.
    Volunteer event sorting donations at The Hope Center, 
    1212 W. Pullman Rd., Moscow, ID  83843
  • Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, 1 - 5 p.m.
    Volunteer event at Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store 
    1805 E Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99224
  • Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
    8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 - 3 p.m.
    Homeless Connect Resource Fair at the Salvation Army
    222 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane, WA 99224

20th Annual MLK Human Rights Conference: "50 Years of Freedom or 50 Years of Fear? Chaos or Community? Where Do We Go From Here?" 

237 West Kellogg, Bellingham, WA 98226
Syre Student Center
Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 Co-sponsored with the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force

  • Keynote: "A Collective Contribution: fishbowl conversation featuring women of color.
  • Skill-building workshops for youth, adults and school-aged children (accompanied by an adult) facilitated by community educators and activists.
  • Information booths and complimentary refreshments. Clock hours available for school educators.
  • On-site food vendors with lunch options for purchase.

Visit the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force website for more information about the schedule, workshops and how to attend.

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