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Where You Can Celebrate MLK in Seattle Today

Here's a rundown of MLK Day events honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

By Benjamin Cassidy January 20, 2020

Seattleites will be marching again this MLK Day.

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.
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