Honoring Martin Luther King Jr., 2017

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was made a federal holiday in 1983, encouraging individuals to take

“a day on, not a day off.” MLK programming “empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community” (from mlkday.gov/index.php). Dr. King had a vision of equality for all through non-violent direct action to strengthen communities and to once and for all end racial segregation. As an activist, Dr. King had a dream to make justice a reality.

Achieving Community Transformation (ACT) under the Office of Community-Based Learning and Research and the UW Bothell and Cascadia MLK Planning Committee have worked together to plan this year’s Honoring MLK! In previous years A.C.T. has organized MLK Day of Service, but in 2016, we decided to change the programming to over a span of 2 weeks (January 7-19, 2017), and are moving away from the “day of service” model. Cascadia College and UW Bothell students, staff and faculty will be able to come together throughout several events to participate in service projects, workshops, keynote speaker, and dialogue.

Please join us January 7th-19th 2017 as we honor Dr. King’s legacy.

List of 2017 MLK Events:

Threads and Treads Service Project
Date: Saturday, January 7th
Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: Canyon Park Jr. High School 
Description: Threads & Treads provides Northshore families free, quality donated clothing for school-age youth, teens, young adults and parents. Volunteers will take donations to inspect and sort in order to create outfits for families to choose from.
Register at: http://tinyurl.com/threadsandtreads
Activism Workshop 
Date: Wednesday, January 11th
Time: 1:30PM-3:30PM
Location: ARC 2nd floor
Description: This is an activism workshop on internalized discrimination and the relation to mental health issues. This workshop aims to helps students understand intersectional identities such as race, class, gender, nationality, etc. and how that plays a role in social systems that perpetuate privilege and oppression. 
MLK Open Mic Night 
Date: Tuesday, January 17th
Time: 11:30AM-2:30PM
Location: The Commons
Description: MLK Open Mic Night will be facilitated by an emcee. Individuals are encouraged to come perform their spoken word, or poem about themes throughout the MLK movement and to better understand what MLK themes mean today. 
MLK Keynote Speaker: Marissa Johnson
Topic: MLK to President-Elect Trump: Moving From Awareness To Active Resistance In The Fight For Black Lives
Date: Wednesday, January 18th 
Time: 5:00PM-7:00PM
Location: North Creek Events Center
Description: Join us for an evening of dialogue and awareness building with Seattle activist and writer Marissa Johnson who will discuss "MLK to President-Elect Trump: Moving From Awareness To Active Resistance In The Fight For Black Lives". With the election of Donald Trump many people are wondering, where do we go from here? Light refreshments will be served for those in attendance. 
Movie Showing: Selma
Date: Thursday, January 19th 
Time: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Location: 2nd Floor ARC
Description: Join us for a showing of the movie Selma which chronicles Dr. Kings campaign to secure equal voting rights via a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. A discussion will be held afterwards. There will be food and light refreshments for those in attendance. 

Learning Outcomes

After participating in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day civic engagement events, students will be able to:

  • For students and audience members to acknowledge intolerance currently occurring with the political situation and ways our community can support each other to look past political discrepancies.
  • Students will be able to learn about social justice issues in hopes to educate others as well as address issues first hand in order to collaborate as a community and create positive change.
  • Expose students to new ideas in order to help them understand a wider array of perspectives regarding identity politics and bring together intersecting identities.
  • Students will be able to connect MLK’s legacy, history, and past actions to current events as well as educate students on MLK’s tactics and how they can be utilized today


Planning Committee Contacts

Questions ? Contact uwbact@uw.edu

Sukhaman Kaur
ACT Service Lead

Gerald MacKenzie
ACT Service Lead

Neha Chhabra
ACT Service Lead

Shauniece Drayton
Civic Engagment Coordinator-ACT Advisor

Missy Dominguez
Program Manager for Student Engagement & Activities

Our Past 2014-2016 Service Sites & Civic Events:

  • 21 Acres
  • UWB/CC Wetlands
  • ASUWB Neighborhood Litter Clean-Up
  • Northshore Senior Center
  • Riverside East Retirement Home
  • Miracle League
  • Threads & Treads
  • Advocacy/Community Organizing Workshop
  • Where and How to Give Back Workshop
  • Letters to our Military
  • Homeward Pet Adoption Center
  • Northshore YMCA
  • Kayaking Clean Up with Puget Sound Keeper Alliance
  • Keynote Speaker: Rashad Norris
  • Photo Campaign: I have a dream 
  • Dinner N' Dialogue hosted by BSU
  • Within Reach Workshop: Gaining Access to Public Services
  • UW Bothell Funders Panel