A number of events are planned in Spokane to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year.
Here’s a quick look, released by the city:
- Saturday, Jan. 11, 6 to 8 p.m. – Gospel Concert, Bethel AME Church, 645 S. Richard Allen Court. For information, call 455-8722.
- Wednesday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m. – Spokane Falls Community College Martin Luther King Jr. Day speaker, Music/Performing Arts Building auditorium, Build 15, SFCC, 2410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. Guest speaker is Chuck D., one of the founding members of Public Enemy. For information, call 533-3714. Free. Doors open at 9 a.m.
- Thursday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m. – Spokane Community College Martin Luther King Jr. event, Lair Student Center Bldg 6, SCC, 1810 N. Green St. Guest speaker is Darryl Brice, sociology instructor, Highline Community College who will talk about “Bread and Circuses: Exploring the Legacy of the ‘Real’ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” For information, call 533-7378. Free.
- Saturday, Jan. 18, 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. – King Day Youth Empowerment Luncheon & Silent Auction, Shadle Park High School, 4327 N. Ash St. Students will share essays and films expressing personal interpretations of Dr. King’s dream and how we can fulfill that dream today. For information, call 455-8722. Cost is $10.
- Sunday, Jan. 19, 4 to 6 p.m. – Commemorative Celebration, Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, 806 W. Indiana Ave. Guest speaker is Carolyn Gordon, Associate Professor of Communication at Fuller Theological Seminar in Pasadena, Calif. For information, call 455-8722.
- Monday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m. – Rally at INB Performing Arts Center, 344 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., followed by the Unity March through downtown to River Park Square. For information, call 455-8722.
- Monday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Community Resource Fair, River Park Square, first and second floors, and Children’s Learning Resource Fair, River Park Square, second and third floors. For information, call 455-8722.
- Monday, Jan. 20, noon to 12:45 p.m. – “I Have A Dream” speech delivered by the Rev. Percy “Happy” Watkins, Providence Holy Family Hospital, Health Education Center, lower level. Free.
- Monday, Jan. 20, 1 to 3 p.m. – MLK Day of Service opportunities. Various locations. Go to http://tiny.cc/MLKDay2014 for information. Registration required by Jan. 10.
- Monday, Jan. 20, 3 to 3:45 p.m. – “I Have A Dream” speech delivered by the Rev. Percy “Happy” Watkins, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Mother Joseph Room L-3. Free.
- Wednesday, Jan. 22, 11:30 a.m. – SFCC International Guest Speakers Series, SUB Lounges A & B, Bldg. 17, SFCC, 3410 W Fort George Wright Dr. Guest speaker is Anatasia Poliakova, SFCC Intensive English Language Instructor, who will speak on “Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People Campaign Going Global.” For information, call 533-3581. Free.
Many citizens throughout the nation are committed to making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a day of service to the community—“A Day On, Not a Day Off.” To sign up for MLK Day of Service opportunities, go to http://tiny.cc/MLKDay2014.
Another option is to go to www.mlkday.gov for information on how you can plan a service project or get involved.
Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.