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Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

                                                   - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


2022 MLK Community Service Awards-Nominations Now Closed

The nomination period is now closed for the 2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Awards. Check back soon for the new awardees. View a list of the past award recipients.


“By recognizing the important contributions from these community members and their leadership in transforming Tacoma, we honor Dr. King’s legacy each year,” said Mayor Victoria Woodards. “Their work and the uplifting cultural celebration for Dr. King inspires us all as we continue to heal the heart of Tacoma.” 


The Events & Recognitions Committee selects the honorees to receive awards and oversees the annual production of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration. The event will be held virtually in 2022, airing on TV Tacoma and live on Facebook on Monday, January 17. The program will run continue to run on TV Tacoma throughout the month of January 2022. 


“The Events & Recognition Committee is looking forward to honoring our community by celebrating with arts, culture and conversations of hope in our community,” said CERC Chair Jessica Johnston. “We strive to move forward to create a brighter tomorrow for all to flourish and celebrate our similarities and differences alike.”


About the City Events and Recognition Committee

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

The City Events and Recognitions 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 and the City of Destiny Awards.


Interest in serving on a Tacoma committee, board or commission? Go to www.cityoftacoma.org/servetacoma


Virtual Event Details

January 17, 2022
8 PM

Watch the event on TV Tacoma or streamed live on tvtacoma.com or Facebook. It will be televised throughout January 2022 on TV Tacoma.


Contact Information

Kala Dralle
(253) 573-2523