Opinion: Seattle’s enduring relationship with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

by Larry Gosset


The Reverend Dr.

Please remember that the Seattle Organizing Coalition Martin Luther King Jr., as always, would like as many people to join us as possible for the 40 consecutive years that we host the Community Tribute and pay tribute to the incredible efforts of MLK Jr. Racial and Economic Justice for All People in the United States.

Every year, our event is attended by thousands of people from the grassroots. As in the past, this year’s parade and parade will take place at Garfield High School, located at 23 400400research and development Avenue, on East Jefferson Street.

No other city grassroots community organizer can match our track record. That is, no other city has honored Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 39 years in a row. Help us preserve this great tradition by joining us in this year’s celebration.

Remember, all of you: No other citizens of any city in our country have been as able as Seattle activists—particularly black and other people of color and progressive white community leaders—to draw thousands of people from all walks of life into the future together each year to pay tribute to Dr. King’s legacy.

The focus of our celebration of Dr. King’s leadership of this country’s massive human and civil rights movement each year is workshops on critical issues that address racism, economic inequality, gender inequality, and other inequalities facing our community locally and/or nationally.

This year is no exception. Our theme is “Truth in Education Now!” Our organizational coalition is asking people to join us as we discuss ways our community can best resist and fight against attacks by the right on us locally and let our teachers know fact About black history. We also plan to discuss how to terminate all files Lying Republicans and other racist conservatives are buzzing about stealing the 2020 presidential election from Donald Trump.

Finally, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our people’s gathering will, like last year, be held outside in the parking lot in front of Garfield High School, and we, once again, are asking everyone to wear a mask. For those who forget, we’ll have plenty of masks to hand out to you at Garfield on Monday. We will also, due to the pandemic, reduce the number of workshops – all of them this year will be on Zoom.

For information on the workshops you will all be attending and what will be held during the days leading up to Monday, email us at mlkseattleworkshops@gmail.com or go to https://www.seattlemlkcoalition.org/workshop-topics- 2022.


Editors’ Note: For more local events to honor, remember, and celebrate the leadership of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the continuing impact on the civil rights movement today, check out “A Guide to Local Events Celebrating Author Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”


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Larry Gossett, a longtime social justice activist and former member of King County Council, is a member of the MLK Jr. Seattle Organized Coalition.

📸 Featured image: Scenes from the 39th Annual March and Gathering to Commemorate Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2021 (Photo: Susan Fried)

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