join us for the 24th annual king county dr. martin luther king, jr. celebration

mlk_2007smJanuary 13, 2011 at Noon
5th Avenue Theatre
1308 Fifth Avenue, Seattle

Free event
Public invited
Sign Language interpreted

Keynote speaker
Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, Phd, is the Research Director, Social Determinants of Health and Equity, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is a family physician and social epidemiologist whose research focuses on the effects of racism and the structural causes of “racial” health inequities. Through her work, she hopes to initiate a national campaign against racism.

Featured musicians and poets
Eduardo Mendonça: Founder of ShowBrazil!, Eduardo Mendonça a Brazilian recording artist, vocalist, composer, percussionist, guitarist and musical arranger, was born in Salvador, Bahia. His diverse rhythms and virtuosity have captivated audiences worldwide.

Denny Stern: A well respected local percussionist, Denny has played with many fine musicians in addition to Show Brazil! He currently performs with Bembe Olele, an Afo-Cuban folkloric group and Ibrahima Camara and Safal, a contemporary Senegalese music band.

Storme Webber: A spoken word, vocal, and visual artist with extensive experience in multimedia arts production. Her work spans film, stage, TV, radio and cultural production/arts activism, and has focused on marginalized communities. A recent Writer in Residence at Richard Hugo House, Founder/Artistic Director of Voices Rising: LGBTQ of Color Arts & Culture, she has produced arts events in the UK, USA, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany & Brazil.

Chad Goller-Sojourner: A writer and solo-performer, Chad is a recipient of a distinguished Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Performing Arts Fellowship. His work has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and featured on NPR.

Nikki Nojima Louis: Spent ages 4 to 7 in a desert internment camp during WW II and received her PhD in Creative Writing at age 70. A former professor of creative writing and Asian American Literature at the University of New Mexico she tells her students: “We’re all here to break stereotypes.”

Slwan Logman: Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Slwan is a senior at Chief Sealth International High School and is President of the poetry club.

Hamda Yusuf: Born in Mombasa, Kenya, Hamda is a junior at Chief Sealth International High School and is Vice President of the poetry club.

2011 Calendar art (seen above) is by Yadesa Zewge Boija, Recession. Mr. Boija is a graphic artist at the University of Washington. In 2010, the African Union chose his design to represent the AU and its 53 member countries.

Artist: Yadesa Zewge Boija, Recession