Happy MLK Day, King County. For those of you working, my PSA for the day is that Spotify (and, I'm sure, a bunch of other services) has some of Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous speeches available to stream. I love music and podcasts as much as anyone, but you won't hear anything more poignant and prescient than Dr. King in your earbuds. Seriously, give Pod Save America a rest on your commute home tonight. You won't regret it.
But for those who have the day off or can sneak out for a break, here are just a few ways to more actively honor the civil rights leader.
- March on over to Garfield High School. Then march some more. The Central District school has been a longtime hub of MLK Day festivities. Thanks to the Seattle MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition, today is no different. A job fair kicks things off this morning before rally programming, which will include performances spotlighting the city's creativity, begins at 11am. At 12:30pm, a march to City Hall will shine a light on contemporary civil rights issues in Seattle. King County Council member Larry Gossett will also speak. A full program and march route are available here.
- Spend the day at the Northwest African American Museum. This Central District institution is offering a free slate of MLK programming. At 1pm, University of Washington School of Social Work's chief officer of community engagement and diversity, Dr. Margaret L. Spearmon, will give a keynote. Here's more information on the full schedule.
- Sign up for MLK Day of Service. MLK Day is a "day on, not a day off." It's the only federal holiday deemed a national day of service, meaning volunteer opportunities abound. Here are some of them in the Seattle area. Get out there, people.