Where to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022 in the Seattle Area

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From National Day of Racial Healing and Day of Service to community-led rallies and marches, residents of the Seattle area will experience the spirit of Rev. Dr. Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. This year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 17, and the following virtual and in-person events include celebrations beginning before, on, and after the holiday.


Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. Organizing Coalition Workshops – through Jan. 15

Through January 15, participate in a variety of social justice virtual webinars including Lessons from Cuba – Reproductive Justice is a Human Right, Chicago Footwork: A Strategy for Education and Community Mental Health, Abolish Decline/Auto Decline” and more. register online; for free. seattlelmlkcoalition.org

Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. Organizing Coalition Virtual Youth Event – ​​Jan. 16

Enjoy a virtual youth event hosted by interns from the Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. Organizing Coalition. 2-4 pm This year’s theme for the youth event is “Reclaiming the Narrative”. The event will include youth performances and a panel discussion on how this generation experiences the education system, where they see the classroom needs help to present the truth and impact of MLK and racial justice. For free. seattlelmlkcoalition.org

BIMA Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration – January 16th

In celebration of the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art will present a virtual webinar for the community at noon, followed by a virtual march. Participants are encouraged to take to the streets, forest trails and more to show their support for social justice. For free. biartmuseum.org

Snohomish County Black Heritage Committee MLK Day Celebration – January 16th

Snohomish County Black Heritage Committee Presents Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Themed Communities Working Together to Bend the Arc of Justice With Keynote Speaker Nekya Johnson 3:30-5:30pm Free. 2936 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett; 425-583-7739; scbhcwa.org

Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. Organizing Coalition Rally and March – Jan. 17

Join the Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. Organizing Coalition for an outdoor rally at 11:00 a.m., followed by a march beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Garfield High School. Find the route online; for free. 400 23rd Avenue, Seattle; 206-472-2712; seattlelmlkcoalition.org

MLK Day of Service – January 17th

Join the City of Lynnwood at Scriber Lake Park for a “Day On Not A Day Off” in celebration of the MLK Day of Service from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Participants help eliminate invasive species and beautify the park. register online; for free. 5601 198th St. SW, Lynnwood; lynnwoodwa.gov

Virtual King’s Day 2022 – January 17th

Join the Northwest African American Museum’s Martin Luther King Jr. virtual day program, The Poetics of Hope, with keynote speaker, poet and author Nikki Giovanni. The event will include a series of children’s civil rights stories read by local community leaders, music, dance and spoken poetry performances. There will be two presentations, 2-4:30pm and 6-8:30pm. Stream on YouTube; for free. naamnw.org

Personal King’s Day 2022 – January 17th

The Northwest African American Museum, Seattle Sounders FC and Public Health – Seattle & King County are hosting an in-person pop-up featuring a vaccination clinic, a Knowledge Is Power book giveaway (free African American civil rights children’s books and soccer balls), a Hygiene for Humanity care drive, and more 9am-1pm The first 100 people to receive a vaccination or booster shot will receive two tickets to a Sounders game. For free. 400 23rd Avenue, Seattle; 206-518-6000; naamnw.org

49th Annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. – Jan. 17

The Seattle Colleges will present a video production at 10:00 a.m. moderated by KIRO-7 presenter Monique Ming Laven and can be viewed at any time. The program includes an overview of Seattle Colleges’ Baldwin Project and a lecture with T. Elon Dancy and others to focus on improving outcomes for Black and Brown and other male students from groups traditionally underserved by higher education . Stream the production online; for free. seattlecolleges.edu

MLK Day of Service at the Window Nature Park – January 17

Join Mid Sound Fisheries, the Green River Coalition, and the City of Auburn to plant native trees and shrubs, remove non-native invasive species, and spread mulch to insulate plants during winter. Partner organizations, why this work matters and more. Work gloves, instructions and tools are provided. register online; for free. 2027 Fourth St SE, Auburn; 206-529-9467; midsoundfisheries.org

dr Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Health Fair – January 17th

The City of Bellevue and the Bellevue Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. are hosting a virtual health fair from 10-11:30 am. The Health Fair includes programs by community partners and local youth leaders in support of health and well-being, live music, door prizes donated by local businesses owned by Black, Indigenous and Colored people and more. register online; for free. bellevuewa.gov

Rally for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – January 17th

In partnership with the Kent School District, the 5th Avenue Theater presents the sixth year of a rally led by youth leaders at 7pm. This year the rally will be presented by over 100 student artists and speakers and can be viewed online. stream online; for free. 5thavenue.org

“If I can help anyone” – January 17th

Lift Every Voice Legacy and Edmonds Center for the Arts present If I Can Help Somebody, fourth annual tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with song, spoken word and dance. 7:30-9:00pm This program is designed to inspire King’s vision of a “loving community” – a local living environment free from hate, injustice and poverty. buy tickets online; $15/intermediate, $18/day, $5/student. 410 Fourth Avenue N, Edmonds; 425-275-9595; Beloved4all.org

Hope and Healing – January 17th

The City of Tacoma will present a program celebrating Martin Luther Ling Jr. Day at 8:00 p.m. themed “Hope & Healing”. The program will highlight the present and future of King’s impact on our community and will feature local artists and speakers who work and volunteer to ensure our community stands for justice, hope and healing. Watch on TV Tacoma (broadcast on Click! via Rainier Connect and Comcast Cable systems) or stream online; for free. cityoftacoma.org

National Park Service Free Day – January 17th

In honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has free entry to the national parks on January 17th. nps.gov

Celebrate kindness and community at the Hands On Children’s Museum – January 17th

Honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with special artistic activities and community projects. Activities include writing friendship letters, silkscreening a peace print, learning about black history STEAM heroes, and more. buy tickets online; Prices vary. 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia; 360-956-0818; hocm.org

MLK Jr. Day of Service – January 17th

The City of Kirkland and the Green Kirkland Partnership are hosting park restorations at Juanita Beach Park (9703 NE Juanita Drive, Kirkland), South Rose Hill Park (12730 NE 72nd St., Kirkland), and Crestwoods Park (1818 Sixth St., Kirkland). register online; for free. location varies; kirklandwa.gov

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with the Washington State History Museum – January 18th

Celebrate the work and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Arts Live, Write 253 and Valencia Carroll Families through virtual activities and performances including Get on the Bus and Ruby Bridges 9am-5pm Free. washingtonhistory.org

Understanding Racial Trauma – January 18th

The King County Library System and therapist, author and speaker Ashley McGirt-Adair present a virtual interactive workshop at 4:00 p.m. to understand what racial trauma is and the impact of racism, privilege and power on one’s mental health. ways to heal. This program is part of the National Day of Racial Healing, a day observed on the Tuesday after Martin Luther King Jr. Day dedicated to understanding racial healing and justice. register online; for free. kcls.org

Puget Sound University’s 36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration – 18 January

The University of Puget Sound will present its 36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 6:30 p.m. The virtual program will honor and highlight the life and work of local legend Nettie J. Asberry and her struggle for civil rights in Tacoma and beyond. There will also be speakers from the Washington State Historical Society, the Nettie J. Homesite Project and the Tacoma City Association of Colored Women’s Clubs. register online; for free. pugetsound.edu

Promoting Racial Justice: A Conversation with Clint Smith – January 19

United Way of King County welcomes New York Times bestselling author Clint Smith for a virtual conversation on racial justice. buy tickets online; $10. uwkc.org

Black History 101 Mobile Museum – January 19

As part of the University of Washington’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day event week, enjoy an exhibit featuring artifacts from the transatlantic slave trade through the Black Power and Black Arts movements to show how hip-hop drew inspiration from the past , to make a strong cultural contribution with a global impact on popular culture, 11.00-16.00 At 12.30 there will also be a lecture by Dr. Khalid El-Hakim The event is hosted by the University of Washington’s Tacoma Office of Equity & Inclusion. For free. 1900 Commerce St. (170 Snoqualmie Room), Tacoma; washington.edu

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the park through January 23

Beginning January 12, visitors can take a stroll through Lake Sammamish State Park and hear the words of Rev. Dr. Get inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. The hike begins at Tibbetts Beach and takes visitors along the lake shore to the Sunset Beach Bathhouse. Learn about his life and dreams with quotes along the way. For free. 2000 NW Sammamish Road, Issaquah; 425-577-3657; lakesammamishfriends.org

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