Today many Americans are engaging in volunteer works in what has become a way to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Others will march, to commemorate the historic 1963 March on Washington, the defining moment of Dr. King’s civil rights efforts. One of King’s top aides predicted, “They will come by every conceivable means of transportation. They will travel long hours. They have contributed none to ensure the success of this day. Their business here is nothing less than the most serious, most urgent, most grave business that can engage man — human freedom.”
Spokane’s annual Unity March celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day begins at 10:45 a.m. this morning at the Spokane Convention Center at 334 West Spokane Falls Boulevard and ends at River Park Square where there will be a continuing celebration and resource fair from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
At noon today, the Reverend Percy “Happy” Watkins delivers King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech at Holy Family Hospital at an event offering music, refreshments and reflection. Reverend Watkins will also be at Sacred Heart Hospital at 3 pm today to deliver his amazing rendition of the speech. If you have never heard him, you should consider getting away from whatever else you’re doing to check it out. The event is free and open to the public. The location is the St. Joseph room next to the cafeteria in the Main building of Sacred Heart.