MLK Programming


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. HeadshotHonoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 2020

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 corporation for national and community service). 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. We have moved away from the “day of service” and instead offer a series of events.  UW Bothell and Cascadia College students, staff, and faculty will be able to engage in several events including interactive artwork, a service project, lobbying, film screenings and dialogue and a guest speaker. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 2020 Committee Meetings

MLK Committee Meeting #2 

Description: Committee meeting for planning Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2020 events. Any UW Bothell or Cascadia student, staff or faculty is invited to join. This will be a bi-campus collaboration with multiple on campus groups and organizations. Questions? Contact ACT at 

  • Date: Tuesday November 19, 2019
  • Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • Location:  ARC 210

MLK Committee Open Call Meeting 

Description: Join ACT for an open call committee meeting to start planning Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2020 events. Any UW Bothell or Cascadia student, staff or faculty is invited to join. We are looking to collaborate with multiple on campus groups and organizations that plan to do any type of programming in honor of Dr. King. Questions? Contact ACT at 

  • Date: Tuesday November 5, 2019
  • Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • Location:  UW1-103

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2019 Events

Interactive Art Piece

ACT is partnering with Megan McDermott to host an interactive art display in honor of Dr. King. Along with the painted art, the canvas will have blank space where students, staff, and faculty can add reflections to a posed question. Come engage with this artistic piece on January 7th and 8th in Food for Thought. The art piece will be displayed on campus throughout the winter quarter.

Dates: Monday, January 7-Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Location: Food for Thought
Time: 10:30am-1:00pm

From Incarceration to Education

Cascadia Activities Board, UWB Campus Events Board, the Diversity Center and University Beyond Bars will be hosting a community screening of the documentary From Incarceration To Education. A film about formerly incarcerated students at UC Berkeley and their road to higher education. A panel discussion will follow the screening with the film director, film crew and formerly incarcerated students.  An information session with University Beyond Bars and a socially-engaged art project will wrap up the event. Come join us at this powerful and relevant event!

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Location: Mobius Hall
Time: 3:30pm-6:00pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Action

Join ASUWB as we travel down to Olympia to meet with State Senators and Representatives to advocate for the needs of UWB students! Legislators want to hear your story because your voice matters! We will meet at the ARC early in the morning and head down to Olympia together. Transportation will be provided via U-Cars. RSVP: 

Date: Monday, January 21, 2019
Location: Olympia, WA
Time: All day

“The Hate U Give” Film Screening & Discussion

The Black Student Union, Social Justice Organizers, and Diversity Center present a film screening and discussion of The Hate U Give. Dinner provided.
Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2018
Location: ARC Overlook
Time: 5:30-7:30pm: Film Screening 
            7:30-8:30pm: Discussion

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Sekou

Cascadia Student Life and UW Bothell ACT are bringing Reverend Osagyefo Sekou to campus to talk about the legacy of Dr. King and how his work is connected to the Black Lives Matter movement. Rev Sekou is a Dr. King scholar and frontline Black Lives Matters activist. He will share historical data and draw connections to the current Black Lives Matter Movement, in a talk called “This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Civil Rights Movement: Black Lives Matter and The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.” Join us to learn more about how one of the most admired figures in United States History has been used as a weapon to denigrate BLM activists today.

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2018
Location: ARC Overlook
Time: 6pm

Mary’s Place Service Project

Come join ACT for a day of self care at Mary’s Place in Kenmore! Mary’s Place is a family shelter serving families from diverse backgrounds experiencing homelessness. During our service project, we’ll be helping 80+ individuals practice self-care by using items such as lotions and makeup. Background check required. Registration for Mary's Place Service Project

Date: Saturday January 26, 2019
Location: Mary's Place Northshore Family Center
Time: 1pm-3pm 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2020 Committee Meetings 

Description: Join ACT for upcoming MLK committee meetings to help plan the 2020 events. Any UW Bothell or Cascadia student, staff or faculty is invited.
More details to come

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Connect to the life/legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.     
  • Use Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's legacy to empower ourselves and be inspired to take action

2020 Planning Committee Members

  • Achieving Community Transformation
  • Associated Students of University of Washington Bothell
  • Black Student Union
  • Cascadia Student Life
  • Campus Activities Board (Cascadia) 
  • Campus Events Board (UWB)
  • Diversity Center 
  • Social Justice Organizers

Planning Committee Contacts

Questions? Contact 

Fatima Jamal
ACT Service Lead 

Emily Tuy
ACT Service Lead 

Sara Tadmori
ACT Service Lead

Shauniece Drayton
ACT Program Coordinator (ACT Advisor)​

View Past Service Sites & Civic Events from 2014-2018