Regionwide events commemorate M.L. King Jr.
A roundup of events around Seattle and Puget Sound marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 18, 2010.
The coming three-day weekend and Monday holiday commemorate the Jan. 15 birthday of civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Here's a list of area events celebrating the life of King, a Nobel Peace Prize winner for whom King County was officially renamed in 2005.
Marching to the Dream: King County celebration with Congressman John Lewis
THU King County's official observance, with speech by civil-rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and music by Seattle University professor Quinton Morris; open to all, noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; free (206-296-7652 or kingcounty.gov/exec/mlk.aspx).
Citywide celebration: Lynnwood
THU Edmonds Community College-sponsored lecture on "Martin Luther King Jr's Message of Nonviolence Today," with educator Arthur Romano, certified World Peace Scholar. Open to all, 7 p.m. Thursday, Lynnwood Convention Center, 3819 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood; free (425-640-1538 or www.edcc.edu/lectures).
Seattle Community Colleges community celebration
FRI Seattle Community Colleges celebration with keynote composer, musician and civil-rights activist Bernice Johnson Reagon, plus speakers and music, noon Friday, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle; free (206-903-3233).
Eric Ode concert at High Point
SAT All-ages show with songwriter Eric Ode, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, High Point Community Center and Field, 6920 34th Ave. S.W., Seattle; $3-$5 (206-684-7422 or www.seattle.gov/parks).
Mount Zion Baptist Church: Share the Dream
SUN Musical tribute featuring the Total Experience Gospel Choir, the Black Nativity Choir and Tacoma's Allen AME Church Choir, to celebrate the enduring legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., 3 p.m. Sunday, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle; free (206-329-0300 or emergencyfeeding.org).
Tacoma celebration, "Redeeming the Vision"
SUN Keynote address by University of Puget Sound professor Dr. Dexter Gordon, music, spoken word and dance performances, Tacoma Civil Rights Honor Roll honorees awards ceremony, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Urban Grace: The Downtown Church, 902 Market St., Tacoma; free (253-573-1504 or www.conversationtacoma.blogspot.com).
"Justice Now" event and march, Garfield High
MON "Justice Now! Healthcare, Housing, Jobs & Education" event with workshops including several geared toward youth, 9:30-10:45 a.m. Monday; rally with speakers, poetry and music, 11 a.m.; march at noon to the Jackson Federal Building, Second Avenue and Marion Street in downtown Seattle, for a brief outdoor rally; event begins at Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle; free (206-786-2763 or mlkseattle.org).
Seattle Center "Re-envision the Dream" Celebration
MON Speakers, musical performances, dramatic reading of King's "I Have A Dream" speech (12:50 p.m.), presentation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace awards (1:30 p.m.), art display, Revolutionary Forum performances presented by Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas (3 p.m.); full schedule of events noon-5 p.m. Monday, Seattle Center, Seattle; free (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).
King Holiday Hoopfest
MON High-school basketball tournament; Boys: King's vs. Vashon Island, 9:30 a.m.; Skyline vs. Garfield, 12:30 p.m.; Franklin vs. Grant (of Portland), 2:30 p.m.; Rainier Beach vs. Decatur, 4 p.m.; Safeco Showcase, Federal Way vs. Jefferson (of Portland), 6 p.m.; Bellevue vs. Enumclaw, 7:30 p.m.; Girls: Jim Reding Classic, Kentwood vs. White River, 11 a.m.; Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, 2 p.m.; Monday, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, University of Washington, Seattle (www.nwbball.com).
Celebrating the Dream, Crossroads Bellevue
MON Community event for all ages with Sonny Byers Band, Ocheami and Hip Hop Handbook, plus health fair; noon-3 p.m. Monday, Market Stage, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue; free (425-644-1111 or www.crossroadsbellevue.com).
MLK Day of Service food drive, North Seattle and Shoreline
MON Food drive coordinated by Shoreline Community College students, faculty and staff; food collected at nine local supermarkets: Central Market, 15505 Westminster Way; Fred Meyer, 18325 Aurora Ave. N. and 13000 Lake City Way; Greenwood Market, 8500 Third Ave. N.W.; QFC, 9999 Holman Road and 3020 N.E. 127th St.; Safeway, 8704 Greenwood Ave. N., 15332 Aurora Ave. N. and 12318 15th Ave. N.E.; 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday; 206-546-4717.
MLK Day of Service park project, Kirkland
MON Volunteers to remove invasive plants from Cotton Hill Park, 110th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 98th Street, Kirkland; snacks, beverages, and some tools provided; bring lunch, gloves, clippers and boots for muddy conditions. Under 14 must have parent supervision; 14-17 must have signed parent permission or be accompanied by an adult. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday; 425-576-1269.
Washington State History Museum program
MON Film screening, "Tacoma's Civil Rights Struggle: African Americans Leading the Way," 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; keynote speaker, civil rights activist Lyle Quasim, 2 p.m.; performance by Kim Archer Band, 3 p.m.; museum open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; free Monday (8000-238-4373 or washingtonhistory.org).
Highline College Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week
PLAN AHEAD Speakers, exhibits, workshops, Jan. 19-22, Highline Community College, 2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines (www.highline.edu/stuserv/programs/mlkweek.htm).
Compiled by Seattle Times staff
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