MLK Programming


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. HeadshotHonoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., & Black History Month 2021

Dr. King was an American Baptist minister and activist who became one of the most visible leaders in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using the tactics of nonviolence and civil disobedience. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was made a federal holiday in 1983, encouraging individuals to take “a day on, not a day off.”

Black History Month is celebrated every February as an homage to the achievements of African Americans who have shaped American history. The idea for a way to celebrate African American achievements started in 1915 by historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African American figures of his day. Black History Month was officially recognized in 1976.

Achieving Community Transformation (ACT) under the Office of Community-Based Learning and Research and the UW Bothell/Cascadia MLK Planning Committee have worked together to plan this year's events. 

UWB/CC Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & Black History Month Events

Defund the Police Panel

Join CCT (Collegiate Community Transitions Club) for a teach-in panel featuring professor Dan Berger, and members of the Defund Snohomish County Sheriff task force. This task force includes a group of public defenders and social workers for Snohomish County who were successful in cutting the budget for the Snohomish County Sheriff. Come learn about what Defunding the Police actually means, and learn how to get involved in local grassroots movements.  Registration for Defund the Police Panel Event
Date: Wednesday February 10, 2021
Time: 4-5:30pm 
Location: Via Zoom 


Peace and Harmony through Dialogue Virtual Arts Festival 

Through the DCX course titled “Creative Activism: Inspiring Social Change through the Arts”, students are exploring current polarizing social issues and searching for common ground through open dialogue.   This is being done in collaboration with Pravah, an organization in India that will be creating its own youth arts festival on the same day.  The intention behind the festival is to utilize these students' experiences as a catalyst for further discourse and contemplation on how we as a nation can begin unifying around some of our divisive and pressing social concerns. For questions reach out to Gary Carpenter  

Date: Saturday February 27th , 2021
Time: 1-3pm
Location: Via Zoom 

HaWRC Online Resources

Visit the HaWRC website for information on Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap, the history behind it and how it impacts housing today.  The HaWRC website also provides resources for food access, budgeting tools, and resources for first time renters. 
HaWRC website on Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap

Health Educators Reaching Out (HEROs) Online Resources

Visit the HERO website to learn more about the ways that racism and inequalities affect the health of individuals and communities. The HEROs have put together a collection of resources, information, and tips on how you can advocate for more equal outcomes in health.
HEROs website

The Intentionalist Online Resource

Intentionalist is an online guide to intentional spending that supports small businesses and diverse local communities. We make it easy for you to find local restaurants, bars, gyms, shops, and more owned by women, people of color, veterans, LGBTQ, families, and differently abled people. Beyond serving as a directory, Intentionalist supports community connection through business profiles based on interviews with local business owners, and meet-ups that provide the opportunity to meet them and learn about the stories behind their businesses. The Intentionalist website

MLK Day Guest Speaker

Christian Paige, an Emmy nominated poet, an educator and a passionate community advocate from Tacoma will be the guest speaker. For the last decade Christian has dedicated himself to eliminating barriers for students in education. As a writer, Paige believes in the responsibility to speak truth to power and to creatively challenge broken ideologies. He believes one of the most important pieces of his identity is his community, his love for it fuels him, inspires him and reminds him of his responsibility to move the world through spoken word and tell the truth at all cost. Hosted by the Center for Culture, Inclusion and Community (Cascadia).

Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
Location: Virtual via Zoom 
Time: 1-2:30pm 

MLK Day Event Hosted by BSU

Join BSU to celebrate MLK Day. On August 28th 1963 a strong black activist gave a speech called “ I have a dream”. We will be evaluating that speech and relating those changes that were dreamt of 57 years ago. Have those dreams become a reality or are they just a dream from the past.

Date: Monday, January 18, 2021
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: Zoom Meeting ID: 406 436 4784

Regional Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events

Virtual Workshops hosted by Seattle MLK Coalition

Instead of preceding the rally and march on Monday, January 18th, workshops will take place over a series of days during the week preceding MLK Day.

Dates: January 12-16 2021
times vary, see website for schedule and details

Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble: Community Rally and March (socially distant)

Every year, the Seattle MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition does what they can to tell our civic leaders that Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream is alive and well–2021 is no different! Please see the event website for important details about this year’s event. Find us on Facebook or at #MLKSeattle

Date: Monday January 18, 2021
Time: Rally begins at 11 a.m. | March begins at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Garfield High School

Lift Every Voice Legacy (LEVL)'s MLK Jr. Day Tribute event, "Becoming Brave" 

Featuring Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil. Highly acclaimed speaker, author, professor and reconciliation thought leader. Associate Pastor of Preaching at Quest Church - Seattle. Joined by local Northside Step Team, beloved gospel-jazz vocalist Josephine Howell, musician Al Price, and guest speakers Cirila Potter & Mikayla Weary. This is event is in collaboration with Communities of Color Coalition. Registration required.
Registration for Lift Every Voice Legacy MLK Jr. Day Tribute Event

Date: January 18, 2021

Philanthropy & Advancing Racial Equity (Virtual Panel)

The United Way of King County invites you to join this virtual panel discussion around how philanthropy can be a good way to move racial equity forward. Virtual Event, registration required
Thursday January 21, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee Meetings 

MLK Committee Meeting #3

This committee meeting is open to all Cascadia & UWB students/staff/faculty. 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.  

  • Thursday December 17, 2020
  • 4-5pm
  • Virtual Via Zoom

Open Call Committee Meeting

This committee meeting is open to all Cascadia & UWB students/staff/faculty. 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. Please register for the meeting for access to the Zoom link. Registration for MLK open call committee meeting. 

  • Friday October 13, 2020
  • 12-1pm
  • Virtually Via Zoom

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

2021 Planning Committee Members

  • Achieving Community Transformation (ACT) 
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • EAB (Cascadia)
  • Collegiate Community Transitions (CCT) 
  • The Husky Herald
  • Health Educators Reaching Out (HEROs) 
  • HaWRC-Benifits Hub
  • The Center for Culture, Inclusion and Community (Cascadia) 
  • Social Justice Organizers (SJOs)



Planning Committee Contacts

Questions? Contact 

Fatima Jamal
ACT Service Chair 

Shahd Ismail
ACT Service Lead 

Paris Bruner
ACT Service Lead

Shauniece Drayton
Civic Engagement Program Manager


View Past Service Sites & Civic Events from 2014-2018