The 36th annual MLK Seattle Celebration features an opportunity fair, workshops, a rally, and march. Susan Fried
Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on January 15 this year, but that's not the only day to celebrate the civil rights leader. Below, we've compiled all the MLK events throughout the month, from the MLK Day of Service to an open house at the Northwest African American Museum to a talk featuring famed anti-racism activist Jane Elliott. See them all below, or on our complete MLK Day calendar.

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Art & Social Justice Tours
Join SAM staff for some talks on art and artists currently featured at the museum that are related to justice, civil rights, and race.
(Seattle Art Museum, Downtown)


Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Spencer Haywood
Celebrate MLK Day by hearing the story of Spencer Haywood, who went from picking cotton in rural Mississippi to being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
(Black Box Theater at Edmonds Community College)

Ilyasah Shabazz
Ilyasah Shabazz (daughter of Malcolm X and author of Growing Up X) will give a speech in honor of MLK Unity Day. Also in attendance: Mayor Jenny Durkan, council president Bruce A. Harrell, Seattle city council members, and others.
(Seattle First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill)


Living Voices: The Right to Dream
The Right to Dream combines solo performances with archival film and sound from MLK's speeches. Starring local actor Bob Williams, the performance recreates a black student's coming-of-age in Mississippi during the 1950s and 1960s.
(Whidbey Island Center for the Arts)

Seattle Colleges MLK Celebration
Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race, is the keynote speaker at this year's MLK celebration presented by Seattle Colleges. DaNell Daymoon and Greater Works will also play live music.
(Mount Zion Baptist Church, Capitol Hill)


Jane Elliott
You may know Jane Elliott as the first person to conduct the horrifying Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes experiment, which, on the day after Martin Luther King Jr.'s murder, showed how easily children can be induced to self-segregate and discriminate. Elliott has continued her educational activities as a feminist, LGBTQ, and anti-racist activist. She'll host a screening of I Am Not Your Negro, then moderate a discussion on institutionalized prejudice.
(Seattle First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill)

Jessica Rycheal and Zorn B. Taylor: Everyday Black Opening Reception
Jessica Rycheal is a portrait photographer whose work documents subjects drawn from Seattle's multigenerational activist community with a sensuous, effervescent joie de vivre. Also a portrait photographer, Zorn B.Taylor often spotlights the idea of intentionally chosen family, capturing his subjects with simultaneous attention toward the monumental and the quotidian. In this two-person exhibition, curated by C. Davida Ingram and Leilani Lewis, Rycheal and Taylor present a series of intimate, honest, and lovingly created photographs celebrating many prominent members of Seattle's Black creative community. EMILY POTHAST
(Northwest African American Museum, Central District)

The Mountaintop
L.A. Theatreworks' Olivier-winning play The Mountaintop dramatizes Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "hopes, regrets, and fears" after his famed last speech ("I've been to the mountaintop"). It's a story of protest and mortality, set one day before the great civil rights leader's murder.
(Pantages Theater, Tacoma)

Seattle Parks MLK March
To celebrate MLK Day, join community members in a march from the Memorial Park to the Rainier Community Center, where you'll find activities and dinner.
(Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Park, Central District)


18th Annual Expansions MLK Unity Party
In partnership with Gender Justice League, TeenTix, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and NOOR, KEXP presents the 18th annual Expansions MLK Unity Party, a night of music, dancing, and celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with live sets from notable KEXP DJs Riz, Masa, Sharlese, Alex Ruder, and Kid Hops.
(Columbia City Theater)

Make Your Voice Heard: An MLK Youth Advocacy Workshop
Students in grades six through 12 are invited to learn tools to speak out against hatred and intolerance. Participants will share their concerns about the current political climate in the US, engage in social justice issues through film, spoken word, news media, and bystander intervention "breakout sessions," and learn how to take action in their communities.
(Seattle University Student Center, Capitol Hill)


2018 MLK Seattle Celebration
This annual MLK Jr. celebration includes an opportunity fair, workshops, a rally, and a march, ending with a shared meal. The theme of the 36th annual celebration is "Take a Knee for Justice."
(Garfield High School, Central District)

BlackLivesMatter: Let Black Liberation Ring
Join the Black Freedom Front on MLK Jr. Day in protesting racism and police brutality in our community and beyond.
(Westlake Park, Downtown)

MLK Day at Washington History Museum
In honor of MLK Day, see the Broadway Center's 11 Days in the Life of Dr. King, an educational performance full of song and dance. The museum will have free admission all day.
(Washington State History Museum, Tacoma)

MLK Day of Service
Spend MLK Day giving back to the community. Projects include planting a wetland forest at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, an Office Clean-up Party at the Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, and reading with newly arrived youth via the Coalition for Refugees from Burma.
(Various locations)

MLK Jr. Day Celebration
Stop by an open house to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. See films about the Civil Rights movement, access speeches by Dr. King, make art, and learn about other social justice activists.
(Northwest African American Museum, Central District)

Tacoma MLK Celebration
Tacoma's annual MLK celebration includes the presentation of the MLK service award (awarded this year to the University of Puget Sound's Race & Pedagogy Institute director Dr. Dexter Gordon), a keynote speech from local teacher Nate Bowling, and more. The event will be aired on TV Tacoma.
(Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center)

Celebrate MLK with a screening of The Kalief Browder Story, the first film in a series that traces the case of Kalief Browder, a Bronx teen who was wrongfully convicted of a crime and spent three years in jail. Stick around after the film for a discussion.
(Downtown Seattle YMCA)


Anzanga Marimba Ensemble
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, hear South African melodies performed by the local Anzanga Marimba Ensemble.
(Bainbridge Performing Arts)


11 Days in the Life of Dr. King
11 Days chronicles Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy through 11 spoken word/poetry vignettes that feature dance, shadow play, and historic images.
(Theatre on the Square, Tacoma)