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 Events

Rally for Justice Reform and Candle Light Vigil 

A rally and candle light vigil is taking place on Martin Luther King Jr day to raise awareness surrounding mass incarceration and mass victimization in Washington State. We will hear from a few former prisoners, families, and victims. 1300 candles will be lit for the 1300 men and women who are currently serving sentences they can't live to complete them. Transportation provided. Registration for Rally and Candle Light Vigil.

Date: Monday, January 20, 2020
Location: Olympia Capitol Building, South steps
Time: 5-8pm

The American Dream Documentary

Join the Peer Health Educators (HEROs) for a documentary and panel discussion. This documentary focuses on racial inequalities on maternal health in the United States. 

Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Location: ARC Overlook
Time: 3:30pm-5pm


Upsetting Bars: Mass Incarceration of Marginalized Communities

Student Engagement & Activities Social Justice Organizers (SJOs) and Campus Events Board (CEB) invite you to reflect and engage in dialogue around the impact of mass incarceration on marginalized communities. Together, we will learn, be moved, and deepen our collective understanding. Light refreshments will be available during the program.

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020 
Location: ARC Overlook
Time: 6-9pm

Black Excellence Panel

Black Student Union (BSU) is hosting a black excellence panel on the 2nd floor of the ARC. This will be an opportunity for students to network with black professionals in their field of work.

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Location: ARC Overlook
Time: 6-8pm

Soul Food Cooking Class w/Chef Goddess Kristi Brown

Join Achieving Community Transformation (ACT) for a soul food cooking class with Chef and owner Kristi Brown from That Brown Girl Cooks! Seattle Soul is Chef's ode to her Kansas City birthplace, and her Seattle culinary upbringing. Come cook alongside her as she shares her culinary background and more, all the while sharing tricks and tips to upgrade your food game.The cooking class will be held at the Northgate Community Center. Limited transportation provided. Registration required. Register for Soul Food Cooking Class

Date: February 21, 2020 
Location: Northgate Community Center
Time: 12pm-2pm 

Learning Outcomes

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

  • To acknowledge and raise awareness about historical and present day intolerance related to race 
  • Provide students with tools and tangible action steps to make a positive impact in their own lives and lives of others
  • Highlight black and brown excellence to inspire and imagine a brighter future

2020 Planning Committee Members

  • Achieving Community Transformation
  • Campus Events Board (CEB)
  • Black Student Union
  • EAB Cascadia
  • IAS Faculty Gary Carpenter
  • Health Educators Reaching Out (HEROs) 
  • Diversity Center 
  • Social Justice Organizers
  • Residential Life



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