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“I have a dream,” proclaimed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to a crowd of a quarter-million people at the Lincoln Memorial at the March on Washington for civil rights in August of 1963. King’s speech that day, regarded as one of the finest orations in American history, and his work promoting peace, justice, empowerment and love, resonate through a variety of events this weekend celebrating the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday Monday, Jan. 20

Many events feature music and speakers to remember King’s inspirational words and work, along with many opportunities for action in the tradition of another of King’s sayings, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” The national MLK Day of Service encourages people to work together to improve our community this weekend and beyond at a variety of volunteer activities.

Seattle Community Colleges host keynote speaker NPR correspondent Michele Norris talking about “The Race Card Project,” people sharing their thoughts, experiences and observations about race in one short sentence, and other speakers and discussion at noon Friday, Jan. 17, at Seattle’s Mount Zion Baptist Church. Seattle Art Museum hosts a screening Friday, Jan. 17, of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and a film about Nelson Mandela followed by conversation on ways to contribute to the community in honor of King, Mandela and others who led lives of service for social change.

The largest regional MLK holiday celebration hosts workshops, a rally with speakers, poetry and music and a march to downtown Seattle Monday, Jan. 20, at Garfield High School. The 32nd annual celebration, one of the largest Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in the U.S., invites everyone to join in a renewal of the commitment to the goals of King with the theme “Rise Up! Restore the Dream!”

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Other community events Monday, Jan. 20, include Northwest African American Museum’s Open House and the MLK Health Fair at Crossroads Bellevue with performances, health and community information, exhibits and speakers.

Most MLK Day of Service events to volunteer for community projects require preregistration; see today’s Datebook for information about all MLK holiday events.

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