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Contact: Freda Gandy

Email:    fgandy@mlkspokane.org

Phone:509-455-8722

 

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Spokane MLK Day City-Wide Rally and Unity March

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The 2017 MLK Day Annual Unity Rally and March will be held on January 16th at the Spokane Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B (this is a new location within the Convention Center from previous years). This year’s events will include a city-wide rally, march, resource fair, a Black History 101 Mobile Museum, blood drive and entertainment. The festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. “Spokane will join cities across the country on January 16 to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Freda Gandy, Executive Director, Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center said. “It’s also an opportunity for us to renew our personal vows of citizenship through service to others and engage in conversations to advance our community goals of diversity and inclusion.”

 

This year in order to enter the convention center, participants must undergo a security screening. Therefore, participants are asked to arrive early to allow sufficient time for the security screening.

 

The City-Wide Rally kicks off events at 10 a.m. Guest Speakers include Spokane Mayor David Condon, Dr. Beck A Taylor, President, Whitworth University, Phil Tyler, President, NAACP and a redemption of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech by Reverend Happy Watkins. The rally is followed by the Unity March through the streets of downtown Spokane.

 

After the rally and march, a Resource Fair will occur in Exhibit Hall B (same place as the rally) of the Convention Center. Social Services and non-profit agencies will be available to provide information and community resources to participants. In addition, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, an innovative traveling table top exhibit depicting Black memorabilia spanning slavery to Hip Hop, will be available for viewing featuring the Martin, Motown and Michael – 3 M’s Exhibit-The Connection: Motown Records recorded and released MLK’s The Great March to Freedom speech in 1963. Michael Jackson’s life and music was a reflection of MLK’s philosophy of an integrated America. The Exhibit: Rare photos, albums, magazines, posters and other memorabilia. The 3M’s exhibit celebrates the legacies of three of the most influential icons in American history. The museum is sponsored by Whitworth University. Inland Northwest Blood Center will host a blood drive for participants wishing to donate or signup for a later date. Every day Inland Northwest Blood Center needs 200 donors to ensure a safe supply of blood. January is National Blood Donor month. The Community School Drummers will perform African and Afro-Cuban rhythms and Grant Elementary School Drummers and Dancers will perform as well. All the activities will take place until 2:00 pm.

 

A reminder, this year, in order to enter the Convention Center, participants must undergo a security screening. Therefore, participants are asked to arrive early to allow sufficient time for the security screening.

 

A special thank you to our sponsors: Empire Health Foundation, Spokane Teacher’s Credit Union (STCU), Community Colleges of Spokane and Avista.

 

About the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center-The Martin Luther King Jr Family Outreach Center exist to improve the quality of life for children youth and families through an array of culturally responsive educational and social services all within the framework of Dr. King’s vision of equal respect treatment and accessibility for all people.

 

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If you would like more information, please contact Freda Gandy at 509-455-8722 or fgandy@mlkspokane.org

OUR MISSION

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center improves the quality of life for children, youth and families in Spokane through an array of culturally responsive educational and social services within the framework of Dr. King's vision of equal respect, treatment and accessibility for all people.

Key Acheivements in 2014

1,757 Families utilized information and referral services

600children started school with all the supplies they needed

164families received help with holiday gifts, food and decorations

133families received vouchers for food, household supplies, utility payments, infant supplies or rental assistance