Seattle has one of the largest annual Martin Luther King Day Celebrations in the US. It is a day to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for his work toward racial equality and economic justice for all people, for his commitment to nonviolence, and for his stand against war and militarism. And to make a contribution by volunteering on the National Day of Service. Here are some activities and celebrations you can attend.

Martin Luther King Jr. 38th Annual Community Celebration
Friday, January 13
12:00pm – 1:30 pm
Mount Zion Baptist Church
1634 19th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

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The Keynote Speaker will be Nate Miles. Music will be provided by Wadie Ervin and the Mt. Zion Wind Ensemble. Parking is available in lots on the north and south sides of the church, as well as street parking.

King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery To Memphis
Sunday, January 15
Tahoma Unitarian-Universalist Congregation
1115 South 56th Street
Tacoma, WA 98408

The film is a 1970 American documentary on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Presented in the form of newsreel footage and segments of recordings by Dr. King, it’s been framed by celebrity narrators, including Marlon Brando, Ruby Dee, James Earl Jones, and Harry Belafonte. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, Features. In 1999, it was deemed “culturally significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. When first released, it was shown in theaters as a “one-time-only” event on March 24, 1970. Watch it at TUUC on Sunday, January 15 at 12:30 for the 1970 admission fee of only $5.00 donation and that price includes LUNCH!

Redeeming the Prophetic Vision 2012 Interfaith Service
Sunday, January 15
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Urban Grace Church
902 Market Street
Tacoma, WA 98408

The 6th annual MLK Jr. service with a reception to follow. The event is open to the general public and is free of charge. Four varied faith traditions will be represented with interfaith blessings being given. Associate Pastor Annie Jones-Barnes of Urban Grace Church will welcome all to the event. Two representatives from the Buddhist and Hindu communities, respectively, will deliver the interfaith blessings. Rev. Chris Morton, Ex. Director of Associated Ministries, will give the Message.

30th Annual MLK Jr. Rally and March
Monday, January 16
Garfield High School
400 23rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee announces the 30th annual region-wide Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration on Monday, January 16, 2012, beginning with Workshops from 9:30am to 11:00am; Rally 11:00am to 12:30pm; and the March beginning at a new time of 12:30pm. This year’s theme is “30th Anniversary Celebration: Recapturing MLK Jr.’s Revolutionary Spirit!”

This year the march will be from Garfield High School to the Federal Building by way of Union Street and Madison Street. Please see the march route HERE for complete details. Please join us and invite your family and friends to our 2012 event honroing Dr. King’s life and legacy.

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24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Celebration
“Forgiving the Past ~ Embracing the Future”
Monday, January 16, 2012
11:00am – 1:00pm
Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall
2727 East D Street
Tacoma, WA 98421

The City of Tacoma Human Rights and Human Services Department invites the community to the 24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Celebration. This year’s theme, “Forgiving the Past ~ Embracing the Future,” is a musical tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s keynote address will be given by Ester Nicholson. This event is a fun, uplifting, multi-cultural celebration that residents of the City of Tacoma and surrounding communities have embraced for almost 24 years.

Attracting up to 3,000 community members each year, the celebration has evolved into one of the largest indoor community celebrations of its kind in the state of Washington. This event has grown as a reminder to keep Dr. King’s dream of justice and equality alive. This event is telecast live on TV Tacoma cable channel 12 and replayed at least ten times throughout the month of January. The event is free and open to the community.

MLK Jr. Day of Service in Kent
Monday, January 16
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Lions Skate Park
West Smith Street and Interurban Trail
Kent, WA 98032

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a national holiday. With schools and many businesses closed, including city of Kent offices, students, scouts and families are encouraged to observe the day by contributing community service. Come out and get some fresh air by helping with a litter clean-up along the Interurban Trail. We’ll meet at Lions Skate Park on West Smith Street. Click HERE to register.

National Day of Service
Monday, January 16
United Way of King County

Volunteer on MLK Day and make it a day on, not a day off! Join hundreds of community members, and United Way of King County, in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Did we mention all volunteers will receive a free MLK Day of Service t-shirt? Click HERE to find United Way sponsored volunteer projects all around King County on Saturday, January 14 and Monday, January 16. Volunteer on your own, or get in the spirit with colleagues, family or friends.

Celebration of a Dream
Monday, January 16
12:00pm – 3:00pm
Crossroads Bellevue Shopping Center
15600 NE 8th Street
Bellevue, WA 98008

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This special tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will feature guest speakers, musical entertainment, children’s activities, and a health fair providing valuable resource information.