2014’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday stretches across the weekend with and event Thursday at the Paramount, Friday’s 40th annual celebration at E Madison’s Mt. Zion and a new spirit rallying people at Garfield High School on Monday under the banner of a $15 minimum wage in Seattle. Details below.
- THURSDAY — King County Celebration
King County to host annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Paramount Theater
Human Rights Hero Larry Gossett to present celebration’s keynote address
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Noon – 1 p.m.
911 Pine St, Seattle
- FRIDAY — 40th Annual MLK Celebration at Mt. Zion
Six Words: National ‘Race Card’ Project launches in Seattle at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration at Mt. Zion
Michele Norris, host and special correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR), will be keynote speaker at the 40th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration presented by the Seattle Community Colleges. Three years ago, Norris started a national conversation with The Race Card Project, which invites participants to share their thoughts, experiences and observations about race in one sentence with only six words. Thousands of interesting and thoughtful sentences from around the world are posted on The Race Card Project website.
Broadcast journalist Tonya Mosley, who recently completed the Black in Seattle series for KUOW, will emcee the interactive program and a reception to follow, where students and the community are invited to engage in an informal moderated conversation inspired by what they heard during the program.
Area leaders will present their six-word Race Cards throughout the program. Students will provide a dramatic reading of Race Cards, submitted by people in our community at www.seattlecolleges.edu/mlk.
Award-winning Greater Works Chorale directed by DaNell Daymon will perform dynamic gospel music throughout.
Friday, Jan. 17, 2014
12 – 1:30 pm (Program)
1:30 – 2:30 (Reception & Discussion)
Mt. Zion Baptist Church
1634 19th Ave, Seattle 98122 (Capitol Hill)
The 40th anniversary event is recognized as one of the area’s oldest and most significant events commemorating the life of Dr. King and reinforcing Dr. King’s message of tolerance and inclusion.
A capacity audience of close to 1,000 community members, civic and political leaders and students of all ages, is anticipated.
The event builds on the RACE exhibit at the Pacific Science Center, which explores the biology, history and culture of race and has drawn people from throughout the region for information and presentations.
- MONDAY — Fight for 15 MLK Day