Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

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2017/2018 Leadership

Larry Tukes, Chair

Shaude' Moore, Treasurer

Jean Buskin, Secretary

Emeritus Chairs
Eddie Rye, Jr.
Hon. Larry Gossett

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Below is a list of Program participants.  

Click here
for details including brief  biographical information 
on the speakers and entertainers.

Click Here to view or download the Rally Handout 
that will be available at the Gymnasium Rally

Come early to get a good seat and hear the amazing K-5 choir
from Leschi Elementary School



11:00 am, Garfield High School Gymnasium (before march which starts at 12:30 p.m.)

Opening Music  Leschi Choir of K-5 students led by Debbie Cavitt

Welcome by King County  Councilmember Larry Gossett, Emeritus Chair of the MLK Celebration Committee
Tribute to Oscar Eason Jr. by Larry and
DeCharlene Williams

Invocation by Pastor George Noble with Recognition of All Faith Leaders

"Lift Every Voice"  known as the Black National Anthem, sung by Chandler Williams

Recognition of Public Officials

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan

Gerald Hankerson, president of the Seattle King County NAACP

Tribute to Oscar Eason, Jr., and History of the MLK Celebration Committee

Former State Senator Claudia Kauffman, (Nez Perce), 
Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Fundraising Interlude

Kristen Beifus, representing Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA)

Momma Nikki, poet, musician, and activist

Nikkita Oliver,  former candidate for Seattle Mayor and creative, teaching artist, attorney, and organizer

Closing Remarks

Benediction by Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick



Westlake Park, 4th & Pine, at march end approx. start 1:30 pm

Opening by Rap/Spoken Word/Hip Hop Artist Jerrell Davis


Jimmy Matta, Burien City Council

Y-WE (Young Women Empowered)

Dadabass (Owuar and Genevia, Hip-Hop performers

Sibusiso Ndhlovu, youth orator

Bill North, Community Leader

Musical Selection by Alex & Alex (Alex Enger & Alex Gonzalez)

Elijah Lewis, Student Body President of Rainier Beach High/MLK Organizer

Spoken Word (Poetry) by REWA Youth Leaders

Closing Words and Transportation Information

Click here for biographical information 
on many of the speakers and entertainers.


MLK Day Jan. 15, 2018 "Take a Knee for Justice!"

 Celebration starts at Garfield High School,  400 23rd Ave at E Jefferson, Seattle

opportunity fair in the Commons 8:30-11:30 a.m. 
workshops in classrooms 9:30-10:50 a.m.
morning rally in gymnasium 10:40-12:20
march 12:30 p.m.
afternoon rally downtown, Westlake Park
meal back at Garfield High School, Commons


Below are photos from last year's (2017) Rallies.

Martin Luther King Jr.
Celebration Committee
Presents Two MLK Day Rallies
Jan. 16, 2017
with Speakers, Music, Dance, and Poetry

the lineup is available as a 2-page pdf file, click here

Before the March:  Rally in the Gymnasium
at Garfield High School, 23
rd & Jefferson, Seattle

an overflow crowd filled the gym at the 2017 rally
with thousands more outside the school
photo by Susan Fried

Keynote Speaker Ron Sims, who has served as Deputy Secretary
of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development,
King County Executive, and King County Councilman
where he led successful efforts to rename the county
after Martin Luther King, Jr.  (photo above by Susan Fried)

MLK Celebration Committee members Eddie Rye Jr., Clifton Wyatt, and Charlie James at 2017 Rally
photo by Susan Fried