Music, inspiration and action commemorate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at events around the region all weekend.
Seattle Community Colleges host “A Tribute to the Man and His Dream” with actor and historian Jim Lucas portraying pivotal moments of King’s life. The event, at Mount Zion Baptist Church Friday, is free and includes spirituals and songs of the Civil Rights era by the Mount Zion Inspirational Choir.
Music and inspiration to celebrate King’s legacy continues Sunday at “Share the Dream” at Seattle First Baptist Church, with the Total Experience Gospel Choir and speaker Rev. Dr. Samuel McKinney, longtime local civil rights leader, and King’s classmate at Morehouse College. The event is free, with donations requested for the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle & King County.
Monday, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee hosts its 31st annual rally and march, one of the largest MLK holiday events in the nation. “Let Freedom Ring,” from a passage at the conclusion of the famous 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, is the theme of its workshops, rally and march to continue King’s work for racial equality, economic justice and peace.
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The Northwest African American Museum hosts a community gathering to celebrate King’s life, including viewing the second inauguration of President Obama on Monday.
Monday’s King Holiday Hoopfest, a high-school basketball tournament with top local teams, benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. The popular annual event includes appearances by NBA players Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson, Tony Wroten, Jason Terry and others who graduated from local high schools.
Many local organizations offer MLK Day of Service opportunities honoring the holiday through a variety of volunteer activities; for more information, see today’s Datebook.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: Workshops, including several geared toward youth, 9:30-10:45 a.m. Monday; rally, 11 a.m.; march to the Jackson Federal Building, 12:30 p.m. Monday; Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle. www.MLKseattle.org.
Tribute to the Man and His Dream: Noon Friday, prelude music starts 11:30 a.m., Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle; free. www.sccd.ctc.edu/DISTRICT/mlk/mlkiannouncement.aspx.
Share The Dream: 3 p.m. Sunday, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle; free, donations accepted to benefit the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle & King County. 206-329-0300 or www.emergencyfeeding.org.
MLK Celebration and Inauguration Viewing: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; free. 206-518-6000 or www.naamnw.org.
King Holiday Hoopfest: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Royal Brougham Pavilion, Seattle Pacific University, 3414 Third Ave. W., Seattle: $10 (www.fohseattle.com).
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