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MLK 2014 around Capitol Hill includes Mt. Zion’s 40th celebration, Fight for 15 march starting at Garfield

2013's Mt. Zion celebration

2013’s Mt. Zion celebration

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.
    Paramount Theater
    911 Pine St, Seattle

  • FRIDAY — 40th Annual MLK Celebration at Mt. Zion

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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

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

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Anuja Khandekar
7 years ago

Don’t forget the annual teen/youth/all-ages march on Saturday, 1/18!! 1-4pm. Activities, performances, free food, guest speakers, inspiring people, hot chocolate, and new friends. Get involved!!

7 years ago

JS- Please use your web powers for good :) Please cross post the stories you post to CHS that have a clear CD connection to the CDN. Please. I know you occasionally do this but it would nice if the effort was more consistent. If the event/story is in or about the CD, please post to CDN also. Thanks!

Megan Hill
7 years ago
Reply to  shamwow

That’s what I’m here for, shamwow. And not to worry, we are set to cross-post this piece. Just because we don’t get it out right away doesn’t mean we’ve missed it altogether.


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