Spokane Celebrates MLK Day

Dad's march pic

Chicago suburbanites marching against white racism, circa 1968. Photo taken by my father.


Monday isn’t just a day off from school; it’s a national celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Here’s a sampling of several events in our community to honor Dr. King and his life’s work:

MLK Day Youth Empowerment Luncheon and Silent Auction: The Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center presents its annual fundraiser. Local youths will read their winning essays from the annual MLK Day youth essay contest. Tickets are $10, available at this link. 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Spokane Community College, Lair, 1801 N. Greene St. (509) 455-8722 or

Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Community Breakfast: Bob Butler, president of the National Association of Black Journalists, will be the guest speaker for the 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Community Breakfast. Butler’s topic will be “Civil Rights: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?” There will also be entertainment by Simba and Friends. Presented by the Latah County Human Rights Task Force. Tickets are $8, $4 for students and children, available at Paradise Ridge CDs, 117 E. Third Ave. in Moscow; University of Idaho Office of Multicultural Affairs; or at the door. 9 a.m. Saturday, Moscow Middle School, 1410 E. D St. (208) 882-3648 or [email protected]

Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March: Annual event celebrating civil rights. Program to be held at 10 a.m. in the Spokane Convention Center; march begins at 10:45 a.m. and ends at River Park Square, where a resource fair takes place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Free. (509) 455-8722

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations: All are invited to Providence Spokane Hospitals to honor Martin Luther King Jr. to hear the Rev. Percy “Happy” Watkins deliver King’s “I Have a Dream” speech first heard in 1963 in Washington, D.C., on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Watkins will give the speech at Providence Holy Family in the Health Education Center from noon-1 p.m., and at Sacred Heart in the Mother Joseph Room from 3-4 p.m. Monday. Free. (509) 474-3081

Selma: If you have the day off, you might also consider going to see “Selma”, the civil-rights drama featuring the months-long campaign leading up to King’s historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama and the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The movie is playing at several local theaters.

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