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January 20, 2013 at 5:51 PM

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Seattle community celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Nacole Patterson applauds during the "Share the Dream" celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. at Seattle First Baptist Church Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Pastor Patrinell Wright, the Total Experience Gospel Choir as well as Rev. Samuel Berry McKinney, of Mount Zion Baptist Church and colleague of King, headlined the event. Proceeds from "Share the Dream" benefited the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle & King County. "Especially during these times, it is important for the community to come together to celebrate our commonalities," Patterson said.

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Rev. Samuel Berry McKinney, third from left, Mount Zion Baptist Church pastor emeritus and colleague of Martin Luther King, Jr., listens to his introduction during the "Share the Dream" celebration at Seattle First Baptist Church Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. McKinney served as the pastor of Mount Zion from 1958 until 1998, and was a prominent civil rights leader in Seattle. McKinney also attended college with King at Morehouse College in Atlanta, and eventually brought him to speak in Seattle during 1961, according to HistoryLink.org.

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Third grade students from Martha Lake Elementary School listen to speakers after giving a presentation about Martin Luther King Jr. during the "Share the Dream" celebration at Seattle First Baptist Church Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.

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C. Ivan Johnson sings during the "Share the Dream" celebration at Seattle First Baptist Church Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. "MLK day is important to me because it's an opportunity to reflect and rejoice in how far we have come as a nation," he said. "We have come this far because of a man who was not afraid to speak out and fight for what was right, liberty and justice for all mankind. MLK Day represents unity, togetherness, community and faith. As 29-year-old, African-American man, I'm honored to live and promote the dream of this awesome man."

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Third grade students from Martha Lake Elementary School give a presentation about Martin Luther King Jr. during the "Share the Dream" celebration at Seattle First Baptist Church Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.

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Laylah Caty, 23 months, and her mother Alona Willson listen to speeches during the "Share the Dream" celebration at Seattle First Baptist Church Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.

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Rev. Samuel Berry McKinney speaks during the "Share the Dream" celebration at Seattle First Baptist Church Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. McKinney served as the pastor of Mount Zion from 1958 until 1998, and was a prominent civil rights leader in Seattle. McKinney also attended college with King at Morehouse College in Atlanta, and eventually brought him to speak in Seattle during 1961, according to HistoryLink.org.

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Audience members applaud Ginger Goble-Van Diest after reciting "I Have a Dream" during the "Share the Dream" celebration at Seattle First Baptist Church Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.

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Peter Jabin, left, and Tim Dean sing along with the Total Experience Gospel Choir during the "Share the Dream" celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Seattle First Baptist Church Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. "It's because of him that I have the freedom to go any place without judgment or fear," Dean said. Dean recently had a kidney transplant. .

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