Community For Youth & SPLAB will host an all-ages Open Mic from 12 to 2 pm, where attendees can share a five-minute poem, rap, spoken word, etc. regarding what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s messages were and how they have impacted either the individual or the world as a whole.
Other central and south-end celebrations include:
- 28th Annual region-wide Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration; workshops from 9:30 to 11 am, rally at 11 am, march begins at 12 pm at Garfield High School (23rd Ave & Jefferson) to the Federal Building on 2nd Ave. Immediately after the March refreshments will be served at Garfield’s lunchroom FREE to all participants! More.
- Day of Service with Friends of Cheasty Greenspace/Mt. View, together with Cascade Land Conservancy and Washington Conservation Corps, from 10 am to 12 pm. Meet at 2809 S. Alaska Place (one block west of the Columbia City Light Rail Station) to work on forest restoration and invasive species removal at the popular south-end park. Gloves and tools provided. More.
- Join KUBE 93 radio personality Tony B for the King County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in Hip Hop presented during the MUSICA Festival at 7 pm at Columbia City Theater (4916 Rainier Ave. S.) to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. with music performances, comedy, keynote speeches, a tribute to the late Roberto Maestas and King County Executive Dow Constantine as award presenter. More.
- Garfield vs. Rainier Beach to be aired live Monday Night as part of annual daylong King Holiday Hoopfest. This year’s prime-time game pits two inner-city powerhouses against each other, Rainier Beach and Garfield. Both teams are currently ranked No. 1 in their respective classifications of 3A and 4A. Two UW commitments will be featured in this game; Tony Wroten (Garfield) and Hikeem Stewart (Rainier Beach). For those that will not be able to attend this game, it will be televised live on Universal Sports network. Tipoff is at 8pm. More.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – the father of the modern civil rights movement in the United States – was born Jan. 15, 1929, and died on April 4, 1968. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, he died when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.