MLK 2014 around Central District 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 CelebrationKing 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 


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.


  • FRIDAY — Giddens School MLK Jr. March for Peach and Justice

The annual Giddens School MLK March for Peace and Justice will be held Friday, January 17, 2014th at 10am. Organized by Giddens School in conjunction with the Seattle Girls School and Lake Washington Girls Middle School. Students have spent the past several weeks learning about the civil rights movement and have created their own protest and peace signs. They will carry their signs and sing traditional protest songs as they march from Giddens School to the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center.


DATE AND TIME:  Friday, February 17th at 10am.


ROUTE: March begins at Giddens School, 620 20th Avenue S. Students will walk north on 20th and then walk through Pratt Park. March will end at the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center at 104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144


CONTACT:   Amy Bresslour, Development Director

206.324.4847 x33

[email protected]

  • MONDAY — Fight for 15 MLK Day

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