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Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there "is" such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Scheduled for January 21, 2019 

The 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration in Tacoma will once again bring the community together to celebrate Monday, January 21, 2019 as a day on, not a day off. 

 

The nomination period for the MLK Service Award is now closed.

 

View a list of the past award recipients.

 

Event Details

January 21, 2019

10 AM - Doors open for Community Outreach Fair

11 AM - Program begins


Greater Tacoma Convention Center

1500 Commerce Street

Tacoma, WA 98402

Map and Directions

 

Available Parking

There is free holiday on-street parking and free parking at Freighthouse Square (2501 E. D Street). Freighthouse Square is easily accessible via the LINK Light Rail and stops at the Convention Center. There will also be signage 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 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 and the City of Destiny Awards.

 

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 and 512
In Tacoma City limits and Pierce County
Click!
Channel 21
University Place
Comcast
Channel 12 and 321
In Tacoma City Limits and Pierce County

  

Local MLK Events

South Puget Sound, Pierce/Thurston
January 19, 6 PM South Puget Sound Community College

January 20, 2:30 PM Associated Ministries, at Urban Grace Church, Redeeming the Prophetic Vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

January 21, 8 AM UW Tacoma MLK Unity Breakfast

January 21, 9 AM MPT Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Caring

 

January 21, 9 AM to noon; various locations; Come help us spruce up our parks alongside other volunteers and give back to the community through a day of service!

January 24, 7 PM University of Puget Sound MLK Celebration

Febuary 2, 8 AM South Puget Sound Community College

Save the Date

January 21, 2019
11 AM

Greater Tacoma Convention Center
1500 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402

Map and Directions

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