Honor & Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
— MLK Jr.
Find this beautiful window display at lulu & co. on Antique Row downtown.

Find this beautiful window display at lulu & co. on Antique Row downtown.

This coming week marks the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an inspirational, honorable, and visionary leader in the history of nation. Let's celebrate him together as a community. He's still with us, and we can still learn from him and look to him as a leader. Not only that, there are men and women and children moving forward now on the path he helped break for our country, and we can be part of that.

Over the next several days you can join Tacoma's celebration of Dr. King's life, sacrifice, vision, and example. Take a look at some ideas below.

Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
— MLK Jr.

MLK Day of Service at Tacoma Community House
1314 S L St

Saturday, January 13th
10 am - 4 pm

Tacoma Community House celebrated their 108th birthday this week! That means they've been working for good in the Hilltop community for over a century. If you'd like to help them out, join their MLK Day of Service with a focus on grounds maintenance, cleaning, trash pick-up and more. Want to help? Learn more here

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that.
— MLK Jr.

"Redeeming the Prophetic Vision" at Urban Grace
902 Market St

Sunday, January 14th
2:30 - 4 pm

This is the 12th annual "Redeeming the Prophetic Vision" service at Urban Grace. Open to all, the event includes a message from Dr. Dexter Gordon and others on how to take individual and community-driven action in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King's vision and example. Learn more here

People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.
— MLK Jr.

"Be the Change" City of Tacoma's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center
1500 Commerce St

Monday, January 15th
10 - 11 am: Community Outreach Fair
11 am - 1 pm: Speeches and Celebration

This is Tacoma's 30th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday celebration. Dr. Dexter Gordon will receive a community service award and Nate Bowling, a teacher at Tacoma's Lincoln High School is the keynote speaker. Our friend Brenda Nelson is also a guest speaker (woot!). Get more information and parking advice here

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
— MLK Jr.

"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Why Keep Dreaming?" Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at University of Puget Sound
Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 1500 N 18th St

Tuesday, January 16th
7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

This is the University of Puget Sound's 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. The speech will be given by Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. with a focus on injustice, inequality, and inspiration to move forward. Reception to follow. Read more about Dr. Eddie Moore's life, work, and event details here

I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.
— MLK Jr.

"Diversity, Privilege, and Leadership: Are We Making Any Progress in the 21st Century?" Workshop at University of Puget Sound
Wheelock Student Center-Rasmussen Rotunda, N 15th & Alder

Wednesday, January 17th
12 - 1:30 pm

An interactive workshop led by Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., keynote speaker from the event above. If you loved the speech, come and engage further. If you missed it, here's a chance to meet and learn from Dr. Moore. The workshop will seek to explore diversity, privilege, oppression, and leadership across the United States. Read more here

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
— MLK Jr.

We hope you find an opportunity to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in your own way, or by participating in the community events above. Happy Birthday Dr. King!