Marchers in Seattle celebrate the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Marchers in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade filed through downtown Seattle on Monday, Jan. 21. The annual event celebrates the legacy of the civil rights leader.

All photos by Clare Kim

By Voice staff

Each year, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the pursuit of civil rights and social justice is celebrated around the country. Seattle is no exception.
More than 4,000 people participated in the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on Monday, Jan. 21, which included workshops, a rally and a march from Garfield High School to the Federal Building in downtown Seattle.
Community organizers and groups presented workshops on major social justice issues, including the economy and employment, healthcare, labor rights, veterans rights, housing and homelessness, and education. Following the workshops, several guest speakers rallied the crowd, including Marcellus Owens, a youth in Seattle Housing’s Scattered Sites program. Owens and grandmother Gina Owens are advocates for healthcare reform, a mission that has taken them all the way to the White House, where in 2010 Marcellus met President Barack Obama for the signing of the Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Alexes Harris, a University of Washington professor, delivered the keynote address.
From the rally, the marchers took to the streets to spread the message of the day: “Let Freedom Ring!” Marchers wound through the Central Area, First Hill and Capitol Hill before arriving in downtown Seattle.
Among other events on MLK weekend, a group of youth participated in a march of their own on Saturday, Jan. 19, following a route from Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in South Seattle to the Garfield Community Center. In Lynnwood, civil rights activist Angela Davis spoke before a crowded assembly at the Lynnwood Convention Center on Jan. 17.

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