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Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

“The aftermath of nonviolence is the creation of the beloved community. The aftermath of nonviolence is redemption. The aftermath of nonviolence is reconciliation. The aftermath of violence is emptiness and bitterness.” 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

On January 16, we would like to invite you to attend the 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center at 11 AM. Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Governor Jay Inslee, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, Congressman Denny Heck, Representative Derek Kilmer and other dignitaries and guests will be attending. The event will feature keynote speaker, Harold Moss, Tacoma's first African American Council Member and Mayor. The City will also be honoring Dr. Maxine B. Mimms with the 2017 MLK Community Service Award.

 

Dr. Maxine B. Mimms to be Honored with
2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award

 

The City Events and Recognitions Committee will honor Dr. Maxine B. Mimms with the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award during the 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration on Monday, January 16. The event will begin at 11 AM in the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center (1500 Broadway).

“Dr. Mimms embodies the mission of Dr. King through her extraordinary dedication to opening doors of higher education to the diverse community in Tacoma,” said Committee Chairwoman Erin Lee. “Our event theme is ‘Beloved Community’ and we gave special consideration to nominees whose work focused on understanding our community and its needs, and delivering solutions.” 

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award strives not only to recognize and encourage excellence in community service activities carried out by an individual, organization or group, but also seeks to encourage similar efforts by others who may want to serve in the community. It is presented each year during the City’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration before an average crowd of approximately 2,000 attendees.

 

 

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

 

The City of Tacoma’s signature event, the 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration will bring us together to understand his vision of his Beloved Community. It is a global vision, in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.  We encourage the entire community to join together to celebrate Monday, January 16, 2017 as a day on, not a day off.

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Event Details

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

January 16, 2017

Greater Tacoma Conventions and Trade Center

10 AM - Doors open

11 AM - Event starts


Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center

1500 Broadway

Tacoma, WA 98402

Map and Directions

 

The event will feature keynote speaker Harold Moss, Tacoma's first African American Council Member and Mayor. Mr. Moss has been active in the Tacoma community since the 1950s when he was a member of the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  He served two terms as president of the branch.  He also served on Tacoma’s first Human Relations Commission, currently known as the Human Rights Commission. In 1968, Moss helped create the Tacoma Urban League.

 

The celebration will include music, dance, and poetry that highlight the strength, resiliency and creativity of young men of color. Performances will focus on Dr. King’s relationship with communities, how he challenged and changed our nation, and his message to honor the dignity and rights of every person. 

 

Available Parking

There is free holiday on-street parking and free parking at Freighthouse Square (2501 E. D Street). Freighthouse Square is is easily accessible via the LINK Light Rail and and stops at the Convention Center. There will also be signage and personnel directing event attendees to designated complimentary parking stalls that will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. 

 

City Events and Recognition Committee

The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration program is spearheaded by a City Council-appointed City Events and Recognition Committee. The Committee is comprised of local community leaders from a broad array of backgrounds and areas of expertise.

The City Events and Recognition Committee serves as an advisory and action committee on matters pertaining to City-hosted events and special recognition programs. Members are responsible for planning, reviewing and evaluating events, engaging the community in its fundraising efforts, and soliciting corporate and private sponsorships to leverage funds for City-hosted events such as the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration.

 

The Celebration Will Be Televised on TV Tacoma

The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration is also covered and aired on TV Tacoma, which is carried on both the Click! and Comcast Cable systems.

Click!
Channel 12
In Tacoma City limits and Pierce County
Click!
Channel 21
University Place
Comcast
Channel 12
In Tacoma City Limits and Pierce County

 

Time and Location

January 16, 2017

Doors open at 10 AM

Community Outreach Fair 10 - 11 AM
Main Program 11 AM- 1 PM

Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center
1500 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402

Map and Directions

Contact Information
Kala Dralle
MLK@cityoftacoma.org
(253) 573-2523