MLK Programming

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. image reads Honoring MLK 2018


Honoring Martin Luther King Jr., 2018

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 over the course of two weeks. UW Bothell and Cascadia College students, staff, and faculty will be able to engage in several events such as service projects, workshops, and an MLK carnival featuring Essam Muhammad spoken word artist.

Honoring MLK 2018 Event Descriptions: 

Threads and Treads Service Project
Date: Saturday January 6th 2018
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Canyon Park Middle School 
Description: Threads & Treads provides Northshore families free, quality donated clothing for school-age youth, teens, young adults and parents. Clothing items include appropriate clothing for the school day and special events, sportswear, shoes and accessories. Transportation will be provided. This event is sponsored by ACT. 
CAB Movie Night: Hidden Figures
Date: Thursday January 11, 2018
Location: ARC
Time: 6:30PM
Description: In observation of MLK week, the Cascadia Activities Board would like to invite you to a screening of the film Hidden Figures. The film is the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. Popcorn, snacks, and drinks will be provided.
ASUWB: Make Your Voice Heard!
Date: Monday January 15, 2018
RSVP for Details
Description: In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the values he stood for, join ASUWB on January 15th as we travel to Olympia to meet with lawmakers to tell them about the issues that students experience. ASUWB will provide free transportation, advocacy training, and the meeting time. To attend, interested students must RSVP.

RSVP for ASUWB make your voice heard Lobbying Day

Represent Yourself: Letter Writing Workshop
Date: Wednesday, January 24
Time: 3pm-5pm
Location: Discovery Hall 464
Description: Represent Yourself is a letter writing workshop for political advocacy. State representatives and congress will listen to you! Choose an issue that you feel is important and send a letter stating your position! No registration needed – just show up with your friends and make a difference! This event is sponsored by Activism Through Learning (ATL).
MLK Carnival Featuring Spoken Word Artist: Essam Muhammad
Date: Wednesday January 17th
Time: 3pm-7pm
Location: ARC Overlook
Description: In the honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his legacy, BSU and ACT will be holding a MLK carnival booths featuring the spoken word performance to provide students with a deep understanding of MLK’s activism tactics, empowerment and resilience. Light refreshments will be served along games and prizes. Come and join us! This event is a co-sponsored event by ACT and BSU.
Diversity Center Movie Night: I am Not Your Negro
Date: Thursday January 18, 2018
Time: 3pm-6pm
Location: ARC Overlook
Description: An Academy-Award nominated documentary based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, this film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin’s recollections of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. Discussion and dinner provided. This event is sponsored by the Diversity Center.

Thank You

Thank you to Cascadia Activities Board, Black Student Union, Associated Students of University of Washington Bothell, Student Activities and Fees, Diversity Center, Activism Through Learning, Canyon Park Middle School, and the Office of Community Based Learning and Research for their collaboration in making these events possible.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Have a deep understanding into the life of MLK (Legacy, activism, resilience, empowerment, education etc.)
  • Acknowledge intolerance currently occurring with the political situation and ways our community can support each other.
  • Connect MLK’s legacy, 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

Neha Chhabra
ACT Service Chair 

Yaqoob Zakaria
ACT Service Lead 

Rama Tadmori
ACT Service Lead

Shauniece Drayton
ACT Program Coordinator (ACT Advisor)

Our Past 2014-2017 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
  • Movie Showing and Discussion-Selma
  • MLK Keynote Speaker: Marissa Johnson
  • MLK Open Mic Night
  • Activisim Workshop 
  • MLK Open Mic Night