Some MLK holiday events to check out on Monday, Jan. 21.

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Music, inspiration and action commemorate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 21, at events around the region.

Many events feature performances and speakers to remember King’s inspirational words and work, inviting all to join in the spirit of his advice, “Let’s build bridges, not walls.”

The Seattle MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition hosts the largest regional celebration, the 37th Annual MLK Day Celebration on Monday, with the theme “affirmative action = Justice.” The event at Garfield High School features a Career and Opportunity Fair, workshops and a rally with speakers, poetry and music focusing on King’s goals of defeating racism and poverty, concluding with a march to downtown Seattle for a rally at Westlake Park.

[Related: A look back at the extraordinary life of Martin Luther King Jr.]

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The MLK Day of Service honors King’s memory each year by providing a variety of volunteer opportunities. King said, “Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve,” and several organizations offer opportunities to serve in all kinds of community projects. United Way of King County provides volunteer options, and the national MLK Day of Service website also lists volunteer opportunities around the country. Most MLK Day of Service events require preregistration.

The Northwest African American Museum celebrates King’s life and legacy with speakers, film screenings, performances of freedom songs and a pop-up Soul Cafe on Monday.

Washington State History Museum in Tacoma honors King on Monday with a small exhibition detailing his visit to Washington state in the 1960s and an educational musical performance of “Ruby Bridges” for all ages by Tacoma Arts Live.

Admission to both museums is free for everyone on Monday.

For more MLK holiday events, see our Community Calendar.


MLK Day Celebration

Time: Career and Opportunity Fair, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; workshops, 9:30 to 10:50 a.m.; rally, poetry, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; march to Westlake Park, 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21

Location: Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle

More info:

MLK Day of Service, United Way of King County


MLK National Day of Service


Martin Luther King Jr. Day, NAAM

Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21

Cost: free, donations suggested

Location: NAAM (Northwest African American Museum), 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle

More info: 206-518-6000 or

Washington State History Museum

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; “Ruby Bridges” performance 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21

Cost: free admission

Location: Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

More info: 888-238-4373 or