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2017 Seattle Free King County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration @ 5th Avenue Theatre | Women’s Steel Pan Project, Keynote w/ Author Alexs Pate

Honor King County’s namesake on Thursday with the 30th Annual MLK Celebration w/ speakers, music, & more!


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30th Annual MLK Celebration
January 12, 2017
Noon | Free
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5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave

Please join us for the annual King County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Now in its 30th year, the MLK Celebration recognizes the impact that Dr. King had on our community and our nation, and reminds us to keep striving toward his dream of equity and justice.

As stated on the 2017 King County MLK Calendar:
America owes a debt of justice which it has only begun to pay. If it loses the will to finish or slackens in its determination, history will recall its crimes and the country that would be great will lack the most indispensable element of greatness — justice.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The 2017 Celebration will be held at noon on Thursday, Jan. 12 at the 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave. in downtown Seattle. If you can’t be there, King County TV will have replays of the event, and we’ll be sharing photos and thoughts via the county’s social media streams.

Come help us mark three decades of keeping Dr. King’s dream alive!

Keynote Speaker

Alexs Pate, author, professor, and founder of the Innocent Classroom program for K-12 educators will present the celebration’s keynote address. Innocent Classroom focuses on ending educational disparities by closing the relationship gap between educators and students of color.

Pate launched Innocent Classroom in 2012 with a vision to rebuild teacher-student relationships in school districts with some of the nation’s widest gaps in achievement. Since that time, more than 2,300 educators in 170 schools and programs have participated in Constructing the Innocent Classroom workshops.

Musical Performers

This year’s event will also include a musical performance by the Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project , a multi-generational, multi-ethnic women’s Caribbean steel drum band dedicated to creating a space for women and girls in music through arts education.

The project, based out of the Martin Luther King Community Center in Seattle, started in 2013. Oriana Estrada provides administrative direction, and Michael Shantz is the artistic director for the project. The women who currently make up the group come from a variety of musical and artistic backgrounds.


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