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Events pay tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.



“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We’re less than a week away from Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Though his actual birthday is the 15th, the observance of the holiday will fall on Monday, January 17th. The three-day weekend provides a number of ways to pay tribute to Dr. King and his principles, including the ones mentioned below.

 National Day of Service

 Did you know that MLK, Jr. Day, the day that many of us conveniently get off from work and/or school, is also a National Day of Service? On MLK, Jr. Day, people across the country are encouraged to spend their “day off” honoring Dr. King’s legacy by serving their community. On January 17th, 2011, more than 70 King County non-profits, schools, childcare centers and parks will be hosting volunteer groups to help with everything from painting, to preparing meals, to creating care packages for local shelters. Nearly 1,800 volunteers are needed to make this event a success. There are opportunities for individuals, groups, families, and youth to volunteer. Visit the link above to connect with an opportunity.

 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration at Seattle Center

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration at Seattle Center offers awards and entertainment in honor of this inspirational leader, Saturday, Jan. 15th, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in Center House.

A focal point of the Celebration, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award, organized in partnership with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, is presented to youth and youth organizations in Seattle that have energized and carried on the dream and ideals of Dr. King by promoting peace, community leadership, social justice and equity for all citizens.

Central District Forum participates in the Celebration with a staged reading of a seldom recited speech by Dr. King, “Beyond Vietnam.” The speech addresses how Americans struggled with this devastating war. Compelling musical accompaniment helps the actors to bring the difficult words to life.

The afternoon closes with a special treat, Concert for Peace, featuring a tribute to Billie Holiday. Stacie Calkins performs songs like “Strange Fruit” and “God Bless the Child.” Calkins is known for her ability to evoke the musical genres and stage presence of Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith.

Seattle Community Colleges presents  “The Right to Dream”

Mount Zion Church is the host site for “The Right to Dream,” a dramatic retelling of the early civil rights movement in the United States. An actor playing the role of a participant brings the significance of the movement to life by interacting with documentary news footage from the 1950s and 1960s. The event is on Friday, January 14th, from 12-1:30pm and features music from members of the Black Nativity Choir.

Teen March to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Teens from around Seattle will gather at noon on Saturday, January 15th, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Seattle park that bears his name, located at 2200 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. The public is invited to gather at the park at 1 p.m. and begin the march to Garfield Community Center. The route will take them up Martin Luther King, Jr. Way to Jackson St. to 23rd Ave. to Garfield Community Center at 2323 E Cherry St.

Teens will then participate in small group discussions led by facilitators and reflect Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and contributions and how we can all carry his dream forward:

 For more information on the march and group discussions, please call Ron Mirabueno at 206-233-3979, or e-mail him at ron.mirabueno@seattle.gov.

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