Artwork by Yeggy Michael, which will be featured in the 2017 limited edition MLK calendar.

30th Annual King County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Thursday, January 12, 12:00– 1:00 pm
5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Avenue, Seattle

2017 marks 30 years of celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King in the county that bears his name with the annual King County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration! The Celebration recognizes the impact that Dr. King had on our community and our nation, and reminds us to keep striving toward his dream of equity and justice.

Alexs Pate, author, professor, and founder of the Innocent Classroom program for K-12 educators will present the celebration’s keynote address. Innocent Classroom focuses on ending educational disparities by closing the relationship gap between educators and students of color. Pate launched Innocent Classroom in 2012 with a vision to rebuild teacher-student relationships in school districts with some of the nation’s widest gaps in achievement. Since that time, more than 2,300 educators in 170 schools and programs have participated in Constructing the Innocent Classroom workshops.

We’re thrilled that arts and culture will be central to this year’s celebration, featuring a performance by Touring Arts Roster group the Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project and work by artist Yeggy Michael in the annual limited edition 2017 MLK calendar distributed at the event and throughout King County.

The Seattle Women's Steel Pan Project performs at the 2014 Global Dance Party, photo by Christopher Nelson

The Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project performs at the 2014 Global Dance Party, photo by Christopher Nelson.

The Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project is a multi-generational, multi-ethnic women’s Caribbean steel drum band dedicated to creating a space for women and girls in music through arts education. The project, based out of the Martin Luther King Community Center in Seattle, started in 2013 and is made up of women from a variety of musical and artistic backgrounds. The calendar, featuring both Yeggy Michael’s piece and a quote by King, is a daily visual reminder of our county’s namesake and his work to advance equity and justice for all.