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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.

 

How to watch the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Program

This year’s event theme is “Hope & Healing.” The program will highlight the present and the future of Dr. King’s impacts on our community and will feature local performers and speakers who work and volunteer to ensure our community represents equity, hope, and healing.

 

TV Tacoma will premiere the program on Monday, January 17, 2022, at 8 PM. The program can be viewed online and streamed live on Facebook at facebook.com/TacomaVenuesEvents. It will also be played on TV Tacoma which is carried on both the Click! (via Rainier Connect) and Comcast Cable systems. The event will continue to be televised throughout January, and will be available indefinitely on YouTube.

 

Recipients of the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Awards Announced

The Lifetime Service Award honors an individual or a group that has been dedicated to offering services to a given community or population. This year’s recipient embodied the heart of this award through their dedicated service to our beloved community. Congratulations to Gail Neal who has been serving our most vulnerable for 30 plus years at the Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center. The center has 22 programs in support of Tacoma families and relies almost exclusively on contracts and funding from the state and federal government, using a fee-for-service model. Gail and her team have provided childcare, educational classes, and resources while building a legacy of support and love for the families they serve. 

 

The Emerging Leader Award focuses on individuals who are 29 years of age or younger. Congratulations to Latasha Ware who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that community support program in our city are rooted in access, equity, and inclusion. She has worked with local organizations like Tacoma Community House (TCH) assisting community members  with furthering their academics and securing paid internships. One of her projects includes the creation of a visual and audio storytelling project to uplift the narratives of immigrants and refugees living in Tacoma.

 

Mayor's Special Recognitions 

Candace Wesley is foundational rock under the city of Tacoma, always unselfishly giving of her time and many talents to uplift and support the community. Quite often, she can be found lending a hand before anyone has even had the opportunity to request her help. Candace Wesley has made countless vital contributions that strengthen this city and all who call it home” said Mayor Victoria Woodards.

 

“While it was heartbreaking to lose Tracie Davis earlier this year after her long fight against cancer, she has left an enduring legacy that will always be a part of Tacoma. She generously used her many gifts – as a gospel comedian, choir director, and emcee –  to spread joy to others,” said Mayor Victoria Woodards. “Her many years as a choir director at our City’s Martin Luther King Celebration is just one example of her selfless service. She hosted annual gospel concerts to raise funds for those in need and supported her church community with songs as well. She courageously turned a diagnosis into a mission to be an advocate to encourage women of color to get the preventative services and medical care they needed to improve health outcomes in our community."

 

This year’s event theme is “Hope & Healing.” The program will highlight the present and the future of Dr. King’s impacts on our community and will feature local performers and speakers who work and volunteer to ensure our community represents equity, hope, and healing.

 

TV Tacoma will premiere the program on Monday, January 17, 2022, at 8 PM. The program can be viewed online and streamed live on Facebook at facebook.com/cityoftacoma. It will also be played on TV Tacoma which is carried on both the Click! (via Rainier Connect) and Comcast Cable systems. The event will continue to be televised throughout January.

 

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
MLK@cityoftacoma.org 
(253) 573-2523