Martin Luther King Day is a U.S. federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of January. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the only non-president to have a national holiday dedicated in his honor. Many people see this three-day holiday not as a day off for shopping, rather a “day on” spent in service to the community, in order to more appropriately commemorate the life of the civil rights leader. Born January 15, 1929, King was assassinated in 1968 at the age of 39.
Dr. King lead the American Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until 1968. He advocated for non-violent protest and is known for his far-reaching influence and the power of his words. A few notable moments in his include his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, his 1963 “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” – the manifesto of Dr. King’s philosophy, which today is studied in universities worldwide. And, his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, which can be viewed in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P_s3ChZlRY
“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. Organizing Coalition Rally and March - Jan. 16
The Seattle MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition is holding its yearly rally and march that begins at Garfield High School. Prior to this, there will be a job fair and résumé review 8:30-11:30 a.m. The rally will begin at 11 a.m. and the march will start at 12:30 p.m. from the high school parking lot with the route to be shared on the day of. Learn more online; free. seattlemlkcoalition.org