On Monday, thousands of people will gather in the only U.S. county named after Martin Luther King Jr. to celebrate the life of this extraordinary man.
The annual MLK Celebration at Garfield High School is one of the longest continually-held events of it’s kind in the country. Every year for the last 35 years volunteers with the MLK Seattle Celebration Committee have put together rallies, marches, career fairs and countless workshops on social justice.
For Seattle’s social justice community, Seattle’s 2017 MLK Celebration (details below) is a great way to kick off the next four years of resistance against the Trump agenda. Looking back over decades of rallies honoring Dr. King’s legacy, it’s clear we have the strength to face new challenges this era will hold:
This year’s theme “Stop the Hate: Come Together” has inspired more than 26 workshops dealing on topics from “Fighting for Labor & Civil Rights in the Trump Era,” “Single Payer: Our Only Path to Equitable, Affordable Healthcare” to “Dreams Deported: Immigrant Youth and Families Resist Deportation.”
The rally at Garfield High School will feature performances by Patrinell Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir, Kutt’N’Up and Anthony Williams, as well as speeches by Executive Director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network, Aneelah Afzali, County Councilmember and original MLK Celebration Committee member Larry Gossett and Keynote Speaker Ron Sims, former King County Executive and Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
After the march, another rally at the Federal Building will feature speakers Erin Jones, former Washington State Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction, former State Representative Jesse Wineberry and spoken word by Nikkita Oliver.
Members of the public are invited to return to Garfield High School for a free lunch after the downtown rally. Buses will be available to take marchers back to the school.